23 July 2013

{Book Review} Sever


The Chemical Garden Series #3
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Pages: 371
Format: Borrowed from Library
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Rating 4.5 Birds

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.

A solid and satisfying conclusion to a great series!

I have found in the course of the past several months, as I have dove in head first to the final books in some of my favorite series, that I’m unhappy when they end. Sure, this is rather normal, why would I be happy to say goodbye to fictional friends I have grown to love? It’s more than that though. It’s more like, I feel like the ending wasn’t very good, or still left a lot of questions – all in all I have been a bit disappointed in the endings I have read. I can not say that about SEVER.

I was thrilled with each page of SEVER. The new characters, the old. The stomach turning realization that Rhine is back in the mansion with her horrible father-in-law. Wondering where Gabriel is, if he is a alive. I am utterly blown away at how DeStefano is able to not only come up with all these sub-plots but balance them perfectly, never once making one feel like it’s dropped off the radar. Never gone long enough for you to forget.

My favorite aspect of SEVER has to be the introduction of Linden’s inventor uncle Reed. A crazy eccentric old man, set in his ways who lives a far different life than that of his brother in the mansion. His rag tag house, with broken down machines around, dusty coverings and clutter everywhere has a surprisingly homey feel to it after awhile. In all three books I can honestly say that Reed is in my top 2 favorite characters, his sharp tongue, integrity and unfaltering love for his family, both blood and otherwise make up one of the greatest men.

My other favorite character in this series is Linden. I know, I know. Why? The heartbreak that he goes through when he loses Rose, the deep and honest way he loves Rhine even though he knows she may wear his ring, but will never really belong to him. The things you learn about him, heck, the things you learn about Rose in this book!! It’s enough for you to want to wrap him up tight in your arms and hug him forever.

Everyone changes. By the end of The Chemical Garden Series, everyone has changed into exactly what and who they should be. Will everyone survive? No, I will tell you with a heavy heart they will not. This book will make you cry tears of loss, cheer on the unlikely hero's and feel satisfied in each word down to the last.

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1 comment:

  1. I didn't read your review too closely because I haven't read the series, but I am happy that it is worth reading.

    I saw the part where someone dies. You have no idea how happy that makes me. YAY! Author isn't afraid to sacrifice characters for the sake of the story.


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