Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden Trilogy
Previous Book in the Series:
Date Started: July 8
Date Finished: July 9
Format: Hardcover from local library
In my review for the first book in this trilogy, I said that Wither was disgusting, but it was a well written kind of disgusting. My review for the second book will probably read just like the first one, because as expected the second book was just as, if not more, disgusting than the first.
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped Linden’s mansion. Fever picks up right where Wither left off with the two on the run. They’ve left the boat and have gone ashore only to be kidnapped by a madam in the scarlet district in South Carolina. Rhine reminds the madam of her daughter and that is why she isn’t made into one of the girls who have to sell herself every night. Instead her and Gabriel become a ‘look, but don’t touch’ act. There’s a lot of drugs involved in this novel, something called angel’s blood, that reminds me a little of heroin. Gabriel is given steady doses to keep him calm about the situation that he and Rhine are in.
Eventually, Gabriel and Rhine do get away from the scarlet district, with a young charge named Maddie. They venture north to Manhattan to find Rhine’s brother. After a few twists and turns, they get there only to find her home blackened by fire. Rowan seems to have burned down the house and moved on, thinking that his sister was dead. Not knowing where else to go, they try and find the address written in the book that Maddie brought along with her. It turns out it’s an orphanage, but the woman who runs the place, Claire, is Maddie’s grandmother.
Things take a turn for the worst though when they show up at this place. Rhine becomes ill. It almost resembles the virus, and Gabriel and her know that it has something to do with her father-in-law Vaughn and his experiments. Gabriel wants to go back to the mansion to get a cure, but Rhine refuses to go, knowing that if she does she’ll end up a test dummy for even more experiments.
Like I said at the beginning, this book was just as disgusting as Wither was. Vaughn does show up at the orphanage to take Rhine back to Linden’s mansion and she does wind up as an experiment host. The descriptions of her hallucinations were just…shudder worthy and then some. When you find out that the other experiment that Vaughn is working on involves trying to get pre-pubescent girls to conceive children you just want to throw up for hours on end. I won’t even mention the eye injection scene…oh wait, I already did…but yikes. I could have done without the last fifty or so pages of this novel, but damn. It was written really well.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. The second book was just as good as the first one. Vaughn is one disgusting villain and I’m curious to see how all of this ends.
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