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Sever (The Chemical Garden #3)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  15,543 ratings  ·  2,019 reviews
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 b
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Hayden Casey
Apr 21, 2013 Hayden Casey marked it as own-it-to-read
Oh, boy... It's probably my least favorite of the three. I'm sorry, Lauren. You know that I still love you. But it's just not unique enough! The other covers were totally different and crazy and this one just didn't live up to its expectations.


The title of the third Wither book is . . .


You, right along with me, might be thinking "What the hell does the word sever have to do with anything?"

Are Gabriel's testicles going to be severed off?
Is Rhine going to sever her
This is honestly the worst fucking book I've read in my life. I made it through the first half without much issue, but I was literally guzzling wine during the last half because I needed something to temper the rage, fury, and general disgust that was actually making my blood pressure increase.

Like, where do I even begin? This book is a lesson in how to not fucking write dystopian fiction. Or any fiction.


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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
I really hated Fever but I MUST find out what happens to Linden and Cecily.

Ah, Linden. *fangirly smile*

Thank you Goodreads First Reads and Simon & Schulster for my ARC of the book!

Wow. I was not expecting to like this book so much considering I was not a fan of the last two books.

Rhine has finally gotten away from Vaughn, but is she ever truly safe from his evil clutches? Linden brings Rhine and Cecily to Vaughn's brother, who differs from him in so many ways and allows them to take refuge
Whyyyyyyyyyyy guys..... WHY did this happen??

So... yeah. I really don't even know where to begin with my review of this book because I'm just so danged confused. I mean, I LOVED Wither. Freakin' loved it, raved on and on about it, gave it 5 stars all the way which I hardly ever do. I also really enjoyed Fever- it wasn't quite as intriguing as the first book, but the plot was still there, the characters were still all likable for the most part, and Lauren's absolutely incredible and haunting way
Blue Dawn
Thirty-five likes!!! :D Aww, shucks! Thank you everyone!

No! No! NO! I really don't like how Rhine is holding her ring off her finger on the cover. And the bird is free and her face kind of looks happy. And I have a very, very bad feeling that sever might mean cutting herself off from Linden completely. Team Linden! C'mon!

Who wants the servant guy? Gabriel? He's so bland.

But if she decides to break it off with both guys and live the rest of her short life with her twin then I won't
Wow. You know you've found an absolutely beautiful series when you want a book called "Untitled"


Alright, cover reveal.
The model looks gorgeous (WE.CAN.FINALLY.SEE.ALL.OF.HER.FACE.) but I don't like the color scheme. What is that? Green and Gold? Ick.

But, in my opinion, everything else looks incredible.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Dec 04, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: *scratches head* Surely you jest, Goodreads
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: a friend who chooses to remain anonymous *glares*
Just to be up front with everything, this will be more of a series review than a Sever review, because, honestly, not much actually fucking happens in Sever. It's a boring, largely plotless mess, and most of what's frusrating about the characters requires prior knowledge of the series as a whole. There will be swearing, gifs, and spoilers up in this bitch, so if you're not up for that, check out of this review with a swiftness.

Maybe, to start, we should talk about Sever just a little bit. Sever
Elisha Ruzgal
Feb. 14, 2013:

Ttthat was it? That was the end? Reading the last chapter gave me the same feeling when I read the epilogue of Mockingjay. It seemed so final. I can't review this, at all, because of feels. Maybe someday, but not now. Too painful. Too many feels. But here are a few things I'd like to say:

OMG Linden. OMG Cecily. OMG Vaughn. YES Rowan I love you bb. Gabriel OMG <3. Just a bunch of OMGs really. And then some for those things you knew you could connect together but never bothered to
Mar 11, 2012 GW marked it as not-out-yet
*Sigh*. Why are all the books I want to read now come out in over a year? D: Please come sooner!
Well, I don't know about every one else,
I really want this book.


Wait..QUESTION! How are you people swooning over Linden??? I can understand Gabriel, but Linden? SERIOUSLY?
How come so many people like Linden? Gabriel is SO much better, he actually likes Rhine for who she is, not because she looks like his dead wife Rose, like another character in the books *cough, cough - Linden! - cough*. Also, Linden is SO oblivious and ignorant to how Rhine, Jenna, and Cecily became his wives. He thinks they went to some 'bride school' or something when they were actually KIDNAPPED and chosen to be his wives, and the 12 girls who WEREN'T picked were KILLED and some of them were ...more
Dear God
Clover Donovan
Jun 28, 2012 Clover Donovan marked it as to-read
Da fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck?


I don't like that cover.
Even though I haven't read Fever just yet,
I can't gush over this cover... I do have bile rising in my throat, but no gush, gush for me. lol
It just doesn't match the first two covers well. It looks like someone sat this girl in front
of a green screen and put props on the floor. No. No. and no.
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Oct 21, 2012 Sparrow marked it as not-gonna-do-it
This book's title is Sever. So, there's that. You'll note it is an eye rhyme with Fever and an imperfect rhyme with Wither. I would like to not read it, but you know if shit goes down, I'll have to get a copy.

I don't even know.
Well, this final book had all the twists. All of them. Constant plot twists and reveals, but Sever robs itself of much of it's shock value (imo) by foreshadowing way too strongly and making everything too obvious before the big reveals.

A few examples: Rose's origin story is revealed (which I could have sworn happened in the beginning of Fever, but all the characters were surprised so I guess I'm supposed to be too. That name, though: come on). More egregious, though, is the big BIG reveal: (view
After finishing:
Well, I must admit this one was a ton better than book 2, at least at the end. After the extremely depressing trilogy, I was satisfied with the way the author ended Sever. This one put the rest into perspective and made me sit back and think about what I would do in that situation.

Immediately after reading book 2:

sigh. sadly i feel obligated to finish this series. they aren't terrible, i just wasn't satisfied with Fever. but if i don't read this installment, i will be incomplete
They must, must, MUST make a sequel of movies to these books. I have a cast list of who would best play who, posted on my review of Fever. Check it out please! And please help me tell Lauren Destefano and her team of workers by emailing her that this must become a sequel of movies as well as it is books. Please leave feedback. Thanks guys!
"I thought you could read your book out loud until I fall asleep," she says.
I don't think she could bear a tragic love story right now. "It isn't very good," I say. pg.345

That about sums up Sever for me. I think Lauren would have created a brilliant book if she kept it to one rather than three.

Jun 12, 2012 Beth added it
Shelves: ya
Jun 17, 2012 Allie marked it as to-read
Are you kidding? Gabriel and Rhine were made for each other. And he is NOT boring! He's sweet and wonderful.  Team Gabriel aaaallllll the way. 
(Can't wait to read this!)

Stephanie (Bookfever) ♥Adrian Ivashkov♥
I'm a huge fan of Wither. It'll always be close to my heart because it was one of my first dystopian books that I read and loved. I must say that the second and previous book, Fever, wasn't as good as the first one. But it seems to me that whatever lacked in Fever, (I say whatever because I can't quite put my finger to what exactly was lacking) Lauren DeStefano absolutely made up for it with Sever.

I was dying to get my hands on this book because I wanted to see how it all would go on. It started
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
Finally a look into the outside world as Rhine sees it. She is constantly at battle with herself and the struggles and heartache she goes through just made me feel like I was in her head. You can see how much she has changed from Fever and to finally have an ending for this trilogy.. All I can say is I was pestered with all the FEELS! As for all the other characters, I felt each character come to terms with who they are and how they have developed from the first novel. I LOVE CHARACTER GROWTH!

Originally posted here.


A few things you should know before reading this not-really-a-review review:

1. I realize I'm not this book's target demo.

2. I've had a really bad week, and sometimes the only way to get myself out of said bad week is to read something I know I'll fucking hate so that I can snark on it. I've been reading mostly ALL THE AMAZING THINGS lately, so I knew when I saw that this had come out that it would suit my needs nicely.

3. I had to break into my Valentine's stash (a
*sigh* After the train wreck that was Fever I was really hoping that this book would be able to save the series. But it didn't.

This book is filled with so many disappointments I don't know if I'll be able to list them all.


This isn't a plot summary but more of a list of complaints. (With BIG spoilers!!!)

Here we go.

1. First of all the series as a whole is called "The Chemical Garden Trilogy" but the Chemical Gardens are mentioned maybe 3 times and are never fully explained (al
No. Just no. I wish with all my might that authors would stop trying to emulate other, more popular series. There is no formula for a perfect, rave-review book. Don't truncate your work because it doesn't fit into a mold.

Let's start with the cover. The cover of the first book almost worked - I could see the idea that was being attempted, and the photograph was interesting, but it didn't quite make it. The second book was forgettable, but this... this looks like a high schooler with no photoshop
Kaylee Magic

I loved it, but I also hated it.

I cried over it, but I also wanted to bury it at the bottom of a well.

I'm so sad it's over, but at the same time, I'm not ready for it to end.

Review to come when I'm finished wiping my eyes dry.


But for the wait, here's a teaser:

"You went," I say, and only when I hear the anger in my voice do I realize how upset this makes me. "Willingly. After all that effort to be rid of him."

"I wanted to be rid of him," he says. He ra
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
I can't believe I've just turned the last page in Sever; the third and final book in Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden series (sob sob). I was expecting great things from this book and even now, I'm still in awe by Lauren's ability to deliver a finale that was so unpredictable, and one that had such a fantastic and enthralling conclusion.

In this thrilling finale, we see Rhine trying to escape Vaughn's evil clutches and trying to continue her search for her brother; Rowan. But of course, things
Angella Liu
i know this is super childish, but i can't wait for the book cover. they're always so gorgeous. and omg. the introduction of rowan.

my ovaries are bursting.
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The Chemical Garden (3 books)
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