Fever by Lauren DeStefano | Dystopia Romance YA Book Review

Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)
Lauren DeStefano
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: 21st February 2012
Number of Pages: 341
Source: Borrowed from my local library

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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.

This series chills my core. I don't know exactly what aspect of this dystopian world throws my world off edge but this book in particular affected me so much that I actually lost sleep whilst reading it.

The struggles faced within this world are horrifying: definite death at 20 for females or 25 for males, no hope of a cure being found, only the United States of America's landmass survives and the rest of the world is just ocean, women are either sold into or stolen for a life of prostitution whether it be with many men or birthing new heirs for a wealthy housemaster, many children are left orphaned and the world in general isn't safe and secure. You try sleeping at night when your mind is processing all that!

Fever leaves straight off where Wither (Book 1) finished. Rhine has left the mansion but life is no more comfortable and enjoyable than it was before. In fact Rhine soon realises she might have let herself in for more than she expected. Captured by a circus, hunted down by Vaughn, having to take care of a mute little girl with a broken arm and a friend who's trying to defeat his addiction to a drug he was inflicted to. I definitely wouldn't want to be in her shoes!

This book was as good if not better than Wither in my opinion and although it has such a dark and depressed world, Lauren DeStefano writes with such ease and lightness that it's an enjoyable yet thought-provoking read. A definite for fans of dystopias.

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