Review: SEVER by Lauren DeStefano

SEVER by Lauren DeStefano
Hardcover, 384 pages 
Published February 12th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
ISBN: 1442409096
Source: Audiobook
Rating: ♥.5

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.
My Thoughts:

Initially I was not going to read SEVER because I was not pleased with it's predecessor FEVER, but I felt compelled to give it a chance. I should have listened to my instincts, because I am left perplexed, unsatisfied and disappointed. 

I waded into SEVER wanting to see how Rhine's storyline was going to progress. I wanted to know if she would be reunited with her brother, would she and Gabriel ever see each other again and would she find the truth to Vaughn's madness? It wasn't long before I became irritated with Rhine's procrastination and indecisiveness. I could not understand her lack of action even though she had reason, it just did not seem like enough. Honestly, if she wanted to see her brother she should have gone as soon as possible and not wait until a cataclysmic event drives her to finally seek him out. On her journey to locate him she encounters an a former nemesis and that's when the plot begins to get a bit muddled, viscous with lies and deceit and you are left despising and an old adversary even more then imagined possible. UNTIL, you encounter another plot twist and then yet another that completely floors you. I know I could not seem to take any more these revelations because began to feel a bit forced for shock value and by the end I could see it coming from a mile away. The element of surprise now gone. You cannot keep pointing the smoking gun in the same direction without someone eventually beating you to the punch.

I was completely perplexed by Rhine and her feelings for Gabriel. Did she or did she not love him? I really could not tell, she barely mentioned him in SEVER and when she did it was for a fleeting moment that was so quickly dissolved that I would forget about him. Then I could not fathom her feelings towards her husband, because...yes they were still married and she never took off her ring (another action I could not understand) but she claimed to not love him so what was the deal? And don't get me started on how that was resolved due to an action that was not of her own will. It was as if she wasn't in charge of her destiny although that is what she claimed to want.

Then as the I am near the end of this novel and hope for the light at the end of the tunnel, a plot twist that is so reminiscent of my katniss-primrose feelings leaves me fuming. Really? At that point I was no longer a willing passenger but I needed to know how things would end and as the last word was read I could only sit back and ponder over what I just read. I honestly felt that it was too rushed and would have liked a little bit more information of how things worked out in the longer haul, but it would not have made me like this book any more. 

Although SEVER was not my cup of tea I can say that I like Lauren Destefano's writing style and that is the main reason I stayed with this series. Her words are well crafted, drawing out a myriad of emotions while creating a well paced plot while constantly leave you on your toes. For fans of this series it is a conclusion, but is it the one your seeking? It is totally up to you.

1 comment on "Review: SEVER by Lauren DeStefano"

thefictionconniption wrote: February 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Ah, I do love this series! I'm taking my time finishing Fever while I wait to get my hands on this one though.

On another note - your blog is just absolutely LOVELY! :)

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