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Sever (The Chemical Garden, Book 3) by [DeStefano, Lauren]
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Sever (The Chemical Garden, Book 3) Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in The Chemical Garden (3 Book Series)
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Praise for Wither:
A ‘harrowing debut . . . DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters. . . . It will be intriguing to see how DeStefano develops [the larger world] as this promising trilogy progresses’ Publisher’s Weekly starred review

‘Lauren DeStefano crafts an all too believable future. I loved the world, the romance, the writing – exactly the kind of book I've been craving to read’ Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH

‘[A] thought-provoking debut, reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale with a touch of Big Love . . . Rhine’s fight for freedom against the clock—and the dissecting table—will leave readers eager for the sequel. Give this one to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy or Ally Condie’s Matched (2010).’ Kirkus

‘[Rhine] proves herself to be a heroine who faces her situation with spirit and cleverness. The trapped bride and mysterious husband are straight out of Gothic romances. By stirring in elements of sheer creepiness with dystopia and the hot topic of polygamy, DeStefano creates a story that should have broad appeal’ School Library Journal

About the Author

Lauren DeStefano earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007. The Chemical Garden Trilogy is her first series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After reading Sever, the third and final book in this series, I can say without a doubt that The Chemical Garden trilogy is one of my all-time favourites. Every book has direction and is incredibly strong and each book I've enjoyed equally so much so that I couldn't pick a favourite if I tried. One thing I will say for Sever is that Lauren DeStefano is at her best in this book, in a word her writing is glorious.

Characters old and new are reunited in this final instalment and I felt like every single character became fully developed and we saw a different side to them. Cecily has come on leaps and bounds and has developed into a loving mother and wife and a headstrong, brave, young woman. After the events in the last book Linden finally sees his father for who he is and finds the courage to stand up to him.

The villains in this book Vaughn and Madame are also shown in a new light as we see a more humane side to them. Vaughn in particular is so emotionally complex and I ended up feeling a wide range of feelings toward him by the end of this book. I love a well-developed villain and Vaughn has got to be one of my all-time literary favourites.

The only issue I have with this book is one I've always had with the series and it's that the romance isn't great. I've never really been a fan of Rhine's love interest Gabriel - I was hoping that something would happen to make me love him in this book but with him not making an appearance until the end this didn't happen. Needless to say if you're a fan of Gabriel you might not be impressed by the lack of him in this final instalment.
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I'd read the first two books and found them to be clever, fast paced and full of suspense. I loved them. I truly wanted to love this book. It didn't happen. It felt like the story was constantly trying to get going. Even when key events happened in the book they seemed to fall flat. Yes, some key important facts were revealed but I'm not really sure that any of them helped the story - just tie up some apparent loose ends with little plot. This book could have been the highlight of a great trilogy. I finished the book feeling like that it was a few hours of my life that I can't get back. It's readable, but buy it in a sale or better yet, get it from a library. I wouldn't recommend buying.
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I read and enjoyed both Wither and Fever (though the latter was weaker in my opinion) and last night I saw Sever was on sale on Amazon. I downloaded and read in one sitting.
Lauren Destefano is a talented writer. First person present tense is difficult to pull off, but she manages to without bogging the reader down with unnecessary actions and thoughts. This is YA literature, and while dystopia in nature -it also crosses over into literary fiction and highlights human nature and behaviours - what we do to survive if you will.

Sever lost some of the magic for me. The last half felt rushed, the explanations hurried and given the depth we had in the other books, this lightly skimmed the surface of science and the emotional connections between the characters felt lazy. It felt as though the reasons for the virus were never really explained, and nor were the experiments and 'cure'.
The last quarter was terrible. I should have felt pain and sadness, really experienced Rhine's emotions at the death of a character; but instead I was empty. There was nothing.

There are other nitpicks, and I appreciate that this is YA and not 'adult' literature and so not my demographic, but for a professionally edited book (copy and content) from a major publishing house- I expected that house to push the author from 'ok' to 'excellent' with the content and instead I was unimpressed.

For note - I would give Wither 4 1/2 stars. Fever 4 (being generous) and the first half of this 4 - but the last quarter was 2 - so this levels out to 3 stars.

I am however looking forward to reading whatever it is Destefano has in the works!
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I can't believe I've just turned the last page in Sever; the third and final book in Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden series (sob sob). I was expecting great things from this book and even now, I'm still in awe by Lauren's ability to deliver a finale that was so unpredictable, and one that had such a fantastic and enthralling conclusion.

In this thrilling finale, we see Rhine trying to escape Vaughn's evil clutches and trying to continue her search for her brother; Rowan. But of course, things are as rocky as ever, as more secrets are revealed, revealing Rhine and Rowan's place is more important than ever to finding the Cure.

Sever was a brilliant finale and I honestly can't fault the story one bit. I've always been a fan of Rhine's and this time around, I thought she did a lot of growing up during the story. She realises that the fate of her own life is controlled by Vaughn and while he's in the way, she will never have the life she wants. I've always found Rhine to be a great narrative, I don't find her whiny or boring and I really enjoy her as a character. Sometimes I wish she'd speak up more for herself but she's always thinking ahead and knowing that sometimes thinking aloud can get her in more trouble. One thing I admire about her is her relationship with her sister wives, especially Cecily. No matter how many times Cecily betrays her, they still remain close and she cherishes the time she has with her. It's very touching to see that these two girls came together in a difficult situation but now at the end, they have each other forever.

Linden, my sweet Linden. I do love him so very much.
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