Lauren DeStefano's final installment of the Chemical Garden trilogy Sever and I've been dragging my feet about writing a review for it. Part of the problem is that it's really hard to write about the third book in a series without any spoilers (and spoilers are so not my thing). But there's something else that's been bugging me, so I'm going with a discussion post instead.
First, let me say that I enjoyed Sever immensely. I give it 5 stars and a high-five to Lauren DeStefano for writing such a great ending to a beloved series. All the loose ends were tied up and everything that happened made sense to me. As I turned the last page, the series felt resolved and complete. There may have been some twists and turns, but nothing I couldn't wrap my brain around. I didn't love every single development in the story, but if everything was too neat or perfect, it wouldn't be believable. In books, as in life, sh*t happens. Maybe that's a little callous, but it's true.
So what's really been bothering me are all the (spoiler-free) social media references to how devastated many readers have been about a certain thing that happens in the book. There is high drama I tell you. There is a particular chapter people keep expressing complete and utter dread for. And those who have moved past THE CHAPTER seem to be expressing an alarming amount of distress. I was getting really nervous as I neared THE CHAPTER myself, but after I moved past it, I felt very out of the loop. Bad things happen. I don't like when bad things happen, but they do. I was not all distraught about this particular turn of events and was starting to think there was something wrong with me.
So here's what I want to know -- have you ever been on the opposite side of popular opinion like this? I'm sure it has happened to me before, but it was never this drastic. It was also pre-blog and pre-twitter so I didn't feel like my thoughts stuck out like such a sore thumb. Any books where you just couldn't relate to the majority of other readers? Please share!