Fever by Lauren DeStefano
Source: free Advance Reader's Copy via a FirstReads giveaway on Goodreads for my honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I couldn't have been happier to win a copy of this book from a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. After devouring Ms. DeStefano's first book, Wither, I was eager to find out what happens next in Rhine's story. I have to admit I really could have (should have?) read this one a lot faster than I did, but I found myself not wanting it to end. This book follows Rhine and Gabriel on their journey toward Manhattan and away from the confines of the mansion. In the first book, we saw the world almost completely from behind the walls of the mansion. Everything there was beautiful, but fake. Rhine's desire for freedom painted her memories of the outside world a bit rosy, but once she and Gabriel are out on their own, they are quickly confronted with the true ugliness of their society. As a reader fascinated by the world this book takes place in, I was glad to finally see the inside of many of the places that were only mentioned in the first book: the scarlet districts, an orphanage, and even the mansion's dreaded basement. My curiosity was definitely satisfied.
As with Wither, I really enjoyed the author's writing style. She is a keen observer and shows us this story in such an imaginative and interesting way. Even with all the ugliness, she manages to show us some beauty and the true humanity of her characters. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and impatiently await the final book in this series. I look forward not only to the third Chemical Garden book, but also to any and all future projects from this wonderful writer.