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*Review* Sever by Lauren DeStefano December 9, 2013

Filed under: Book Review,Books — Maura @ 12:00 am
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Rating: 5 stars
Pub date: 12 February 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: hardcover, library copy
Status: Book 3 of The Chemical Garden series

Summary:

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:

Sever picks up immediately after Fever. Rhine is in the hospital, recovering from Vaughn’s experiments and torture. She’s still trying to figure out a way to get to her brother. Only this time the stakes are even higher. Rowan is bombing research facilities and Rhine must stop him.

The twists and turns of Sever are amazing. The character development is incredible. There is massive growth by everyone. Cecily blooms from a self absorbed child into a strong young woman determined to do whatever’s necessary to protect her family. Linden struggles to accept the truths of his father. Rhine’s transformation is the most dramatic. Rhine learns that not everything is as it seems. Everything has happened for a reason, and that reason is shocking.

Vaughn is more twisted than could possibly be expected or imagined. He also holds the key to everything. Everything he’s been striving for, comes to fruition. There is a massive cost.

Linden and Rhine’s marriage ends. I was so uncertain how I felt about it. The deeper I got into the plot of Sever, the more I fell for Linden. There is a love/hate feeling between them, but that’s to be expected with the way things played out from the beginning.

The biggest shocker for me was how Madame played into the story. I simply was not expecting THAT twist. I just. I can’t even. Just. Wow.

The world Lauren built was incredible. It’s not a world I would EVER want to be in. I mean. In this world, I’d already be dead. So would my husband. I wouldn’t have my children. Just no. Not a world I would want to be in.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the ending. I’m never sure with the ending of a series anyway. It’s a door that closes that I never really want to close. I don’t like saying goodbye to characters.

I do recommend this series though! It’s a roller coaster of emotion, but it’s a great series.

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