YO! SPOILERS FOR WITHER! DON’T BE A DUMB ASS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Sometimes I think a sequel can generate more excitement than a debut. We already know the characters and the world and going back is much like slipping on a pair of sneakers that have already been broken in. After reading Wither, Lauren DeStefano’s debut novel, I was blown away and chomping at the bit for Fever, the sequel and second book in the Chemical Garden trilogy. Y’all Fever is such a painful, lush, gripping read. I can’t even.
Fever by Lauren DeStefano opens with Gabriel and Rhine on the run after their escape from housemaster Vaughn. They end up at this weird brothel carnival and kind of sort of drugged out. From the brothel carnival is EVEN MORE RUNNING and escaping, hopefully to Manhattan to find Rhine’s brother Rowan. I won’t give away any more plot details because people are so weird about spoilers, BUT expect sharp intakes of breath and if you are like me –to say NO! aloud when reading as the journey takes heartbreaking turns. Yo, Lauren DeStefano doesn’t mess around.
At first, Fever starts off a bit slowly. I had to find my footing and remember what happened during Wither. Once Rhine and Gabriel get to Cirque du Brothel (not what is is actually called), Fever absolutely picks up, snowballing into one hell of an ending! Straight up, I will admit to being very invested in Lauren DeStefano’s story and was so scared and nervous for Rhine and Gabriel. If you are invested, you will likely feel the same. If not, then I’m not exactly sure how much Fever will grip you.
DeStefano’s writing style is VERY lush and will appeal to a certain type of reader. If you thought Wither was overwritten, you definitely won’t like Fever. If you wanted to underline every word in Wither, you’ll probably want to highlight, tag and share all of the pages of Fever. DeStefano has a unique way of describing events and her writing is the kind where I imagine if you read it out loud, it would just roll off a your tongue. It’s very, gah, I hate saying this, pretty. I know, that’s kind of a cop out word, but it’s the best way I can describe DeStefano’s writing style. If you are looking for simple prose, perhaps you would be better off with a different book.
Friends, I am waiting with baited breath for book 3 of The Chemical Garden trilogy. Lauren DeStefano has made my auto-read list with Fever and I absolutely know I will be back for more. If you are DYING to know what happens to Rhine and the gang, you should RUN or click over to your nearest bookstore. I promise if you already like the series and are invested it is WORTH THE READ.
Disclosure: Received for review.