Wednesday, February 6

Review: Sever (The Chemical Garden #3)

Sever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3)
Lauren DeStefano

Published By: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Date Read: January 19, 2019
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 371

From Goodreads:
Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

"We aren't asked into this world, Linden. We're here whether we like it or not. I can't let myself think it's for nothing."

In 2011 I read the first book in The Chemical Garden Trilogy and absolutely loved it. The following year I devoured the second book but when the third book released I just couldn't bring myself to read it. This was due to how much I adored this series. I know that sounds totally backwards. If I love it I should want to read it and see what happens. Well a part of me did but a bigger part of me just didn't want to say goodbye to this world and the characters and so I put it off. Fastforward 7 years and I have finally finished the series. It was everything I could have imagined and more. I loved every single moment of it.

In my 7 year break from reading Fever and starting Sever I had forgotten just how beautiful of a writer Lauren DeStefano is. I was completely captured once again by her beautiful storytelling and I couldn't put it down. Lauren has so perfectly honed her craft and I don't think I have read a book in a long time that is wrote so lyrically and touching. Sever was utter perfection.

Although I had forgotten a lot of things that had happened in Wither and Fever, it all came back to me as soon as I started reading. I was taken away once again, in this horrifying yet enchanting world and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I had forgotten my love of Rhine, Cecily and Linden and their strange but lovely relationship. The one thing that got me is that Gabriel wasn't in it at all until near the end and I did miss reading about him a bit in the majority of the book.

Sever was amazing and such a fantastic ending to one of my favourite series. I loved every moment of it and there were twists and turns I never saw coming. Sever completely and utterly broke my heart... I was sobbing at one point I was so emotionally invested in these characters lives. But then, that's just a sign of a fantastic read. My one gripe about Sever is that I felt the ending was a little rushed. A lot of things happened in those last 50/60 pages, and then it kind of just ended... saying that though it was a perfect ending to a great series and one I will read again and again.

The Chemical Garden series is a must-read for anyone who enjoys YA Dystopia novels. It takes you on one hell of a journey. It was utterly brilliant and I loved every moment. If you haven't read this series already I highly recommend it.

"Maybe hope isn't the most dangerous thing a person can have. Maybe love is."

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