Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Finished Date: February 26, 2012
From Goodreads:Wow, I really don't know what to think about this book right now. It was incredible. At first I really didn't think it was going to turn out as it did and I never expected to like this better than the first book, but I did.
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.
Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.
The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.
In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.
Rhine has escaped the Mansion with Gabriel at her side. But now they must try to find their way back to her home town in search of her twin brother. But not everything is as easy as it seems and can she really find her brother when those back at the mansion will do anything to get her back?
I really loved this book and I was very surprised with the things that were happening. I definitely did not expect the events that happened and just felt so bad for Rhine and Gabriel for how everything just went so bad for them. For the first half of this book I really felt like Wither was a lot better and didn't really feel like Fever was meeting the expectations I had for it. However Lauren's writing is just so amazing it had me hooked and I just couldn't stop reading. I don't know when it happened but at some point around the half-way point in this book I just started loving the book so much I didn't want to put it down and I just had to find out what was going to happen.
Rhine is such a great character. I know some people say she has no personality but when you look at her behaviour in terms of the situations she is faced in could you really show some personality and upbeat-ness? No, you couldn't because the truth is she lives in the horrible world where nothing goes right and she's always stuck in these terrible situations and how she keeps on going and being strong is a mystery to me. So many things she goes through I think I would have just broken down and accepted that things were terrible and it wouldn't be better but she never gives up and she keeps on believing. I think she is such a strong character and I really love that about her.
Gabriel is just so sweet and I really felt for him for what he went through in this book. From going from the orphanage straight into servitude in the Mansion he had never seen what the 'real' world was like. Well he doesn't really see it as a positive things does he? From the moment they leave the mansion things just go terrible for them, especially Gabriel and I seriously just wanted to give him a hug and look after him and tell his things would be okay.
I think the brilliant thing about this book is that Lauren has created this incredible realistic terrible world and she writes it in such a fantastic way that it is completely believable and you could completely imagine being there and living through all of this. Her writing style is completely addictive and keeps you reading with bates breath wondering what twist she will throw as you next. She is an incredible author and even when this series is completed I will still be anxiously awaiting her next book to see what she comes up with next.
The thing I didn't like about this book is I missed Linden and Cecily a lot. At the end of Wither I can't say I was very happy with what had happened as I truly believed that Rhine could have stayed at the mansion and been perfectly happy. I truly believed that she was falling in love with Linden and if she'd just been honest with him he would have found a way to find Rowan. However, I do understand why she escaped and a lot of readers would be questioning what happened to Rowan if this hadn't happened. However I do love the relationship between Rhine and Linden and Rhine and Cecily and many times throughout the book I found myself wondering what was happening with them and what they were doing. I was really happy when they came into the book towards the end and I felt like shouting "Finally!"
Overall I think this was a brilliant middle book. Usually I feel like a middle book in a trilogy is just a stepping stone towards the conclusion of the series but I didn't feel like that at all with Fever. Fever just got stronger and stronger the more I read and it really stands on its own as a book and it brings up many questions. I have all these conspiracies going around in my head about what could happen and what certain things could mean for the next book.
I really wanted to add my initial thoughts after reading Fever and what it could mean for the next book and decided to include a spoiler section so do NOT read on if you have not finished Fever.
Fever really brought up so many questions and I am really looking forward to reading the next book and finding the answers. This is what I think.
I feel so bad for Linden, I cannot imagine how it would feel to believe in and trust your father so much for so long and then finding out all these horrible things he has been doing, including doing horrid experiments on one of your wives. It is just unthinkable. But at the same time I kinda wanna shake him and go are you stupid? How could you not have known these things were going on?
I truly believe that Linden's first child is still alive. I think Vaughn has kept him/her (I can't remember) in the basement alive to run experiments. All we know is that the child was malformed. It is hinted that Rhine could be to do with a cure for the virus and they have Heterochromia. Is this classed as a malformation? Most of the malformed children die or a killed. Could the malformations be something to do with a cure? What is the malformations are a way of fighting back the virus and nobody would know because they have been killed.
There have never been any more twins mentioned in the books. Are Rhine and Rowan the only twins? Does this have something to do with finding a cure as well. There is a moment in Fever where Rhine is remembering her parents and how they said something like "We should tell them. But they are only children." Both her parents were scientists looking for a cure, could they have discovered something but wanted to protect their childhood?
I really fear for Cecily and her baby. They have been left at the mansion with Vaughn but Vaughn now knows that she was down in the basement looking after Rhine. He could do horrid things to her because of it and I feel like the baby is going to become the new subject of Vaughn's experiments.
I really want to know what's happening with Gabriel. I feel like he does love Rhine and that he is going to try and get back to the mansion to find her. But I don't think he's going to be able to do it alone because he was heavily drugged when they were finding their way to Manhattan. I think that Silas is going to go with him. He was developing a friendship with Rhine and always cheering her up and asking if she was all right. Plus this could get him closer to finding Grace.
The last thing is what will happen to Rhine and Gabriel's relationship? I honestly don't believe that Rhine loves Gabriel. I feel like she likes him and cares about him but doesn't love him. I think she loves the idea of being free and loving who she wants to but not Gabriel himself, he was just the only one there for her when she was trapped at the mansion. If she truly loved Gabriel why would she call him Linden when she was in her half-conscious state and why would she be always thinking about Linden and missing him and Cecily. If she loved Gabriel she wouldn't be feeling like that she would be happy and relieved that she escaped but she kept thinking back to the mansion and missing the people there. Plus she refused to remove her wedding band. If she really hated the marriage she would have wanted to be rid of it but she wouldn't.
*END OF SPOILERS*
Fever definitely got me thinking about what these things could mean for the characters and where the story might go from here and I am really looking forward to reading the third and final book in the chemical garden trilogy and finding out what happens.
Fever was brilliant and I loved it.