Cover Rating: 4/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis: 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.
I really enjoyed Wither so I was very much looking forward to Fever. It took me a while to get hold of it but I'm glad I did. Fever was not as good as Wither, in my opinion, but I still loved it. The thing I love about this series is how far fetched it is but at the same time the author makes it totally realistic, as if it could happen. Fever is completely unique. The story is based around a world in which women live till the age of 20 and men to 25. Young women are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages and then made to have children just to keep families going. Gabriel and Rhine have managed to escape the mansion and are on a quest to find Rhine's brother and their freedom. They find themselves in a sick carnival in which girls are captured and their only purpose is to have men 'visit' them.
The same characters are present in Fever as well as some new ones. Rhine, I found, a lot more annoying than in Wither but I still don't hate her. Her character seemed a lot more lifeless than in the first which was a shame. In Wither Rhine seemed hopeful and happier even in her confined environment but in book two all of that drained out of her though you would think it would be more prominent since they were technically free. Gabriel, I think, went through the same change Rhine did. He seemed to regret going with her. Although I think they are good together they have never really shown much chemistry between them and that is what I look for. Linden on the other hand seems to have a lot of chemistry with Rhine and I also love how sweet and trusting he is. We didn't see much of him in this book sadly. Before I was team Gabriel but right now I'm not totally sure.
Overall this book was very good and as always it keeps you guessing. The ending I feel was totally unexpected and I actually have hope of seeing Rowan in the next - and final - book. This is one of my favorite dystopian series' and I would recommend it to people who don't mind a gritty and realistic view of the future. I have the third book sat on my shelf courtesy of the awesome Miss DeStefano herself so I am excited to delve into that.
My Favorite Quote:
“Everyone should remember being born. It doesn't seem fair that we only remember dying.”
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