Review: Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Posted June 6, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments


Series: The Chemical Garden #3
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publish Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Number of pages: 371
Buy:  Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased
Book Description:
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.

There are so many feels for this book.  Seriously, the emotions run freaking high!  I love this series, and can’t believe it’s over.

The characters, as usual, are remarkable.  Rhine is such a strong character.  Although I did get annoyed with her about 75% in.  I couldn’t believe her actions.  But her determination is absolutely amazing.  Linden’s whole view is forced to change in this book.  He finally sees the truth of some of the things his father is capable of.  If you remember, I absolutely could not stand Cecily.  She annoyed the mess out of me, and I saw nothing but a whiny brat.  She grows so much in this last installment, and now holds a special place in my heart.  Vaughn as usual is my favorite character to hate.  Although, I can actual see why he does the awful things he does.  But mostly he’s still horrible.  Nessa, and I actually had a few conversations when I finished this book.  We agreed on most fronts. Especially when it came to Vaughn.  Reed is a new character.  And I freaking love him.  He’s the same type of person that Vaughn is, except he uses his intelligence for good things.  He finds ways to create.

My emotions were all out of whack when reading this.  I was sad, mad, freaking out, and terrified in other parts.  There are also some shocking things that come up.  We get to see how a lot of these people are connected to each other.  And just, wow! The suspense, and intensity of the plot are great.  I didn’t want to put it down, at all.  I stayed up until the wee hours of the night to finish.  (I was also very zombie-like the next day.)  The events that take place really change the way you view the world, and characters in this book.

I can’t recommend this series enough! I’m sad to say goodbye to these characters and world, but I’m looking forward to seeing what this author has for us next.

Oh, yeah, grab some Kleenex.  You’ll need them.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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