Rating: 3.5/5 stars.
The beginning of Fever immediately follows the ending of Wither. Now with her much cherished freedom, Rhine runs away with Gabriel in order to find her brother, Rowan. On the way she encounters dreadful enemies she did not dare to expect, including the crazed leader of a creepy circus, and a force from her past she had once purged herself from.
I liked Lauren DeStefano’s second installment in the Chemical Garden trilogy. Similar to other sequels in certain trilogies, DeStefano slowed the pace of the story in Fever to focus on fleshing out Rhine’s character. There was a lot of moving around, a lot of internal conflict, and a lot of self-reflection and rumination.
Though I did not find Fever‘s world as fresh or overall the book as explosive and entertaining as Wither, it did set up the story well for the third book. It kept my attention, and I’m looking forward to reading about what fate befalls Rhine next, as well as the outcome of the pro-naturalist vs. pro-cure debate.