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Fever by Lauren DeStefano
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May 06, 12

bookshelves: young-adult, dystpoia
Read from April 18 to 29, 2012

Picking up literally hours after Wither ends, Fever tells the story of Rhine and Gabriel's escape into freedom. But their hopes and dreams are quickly shattered by the harsh reality of the world outside the Vaughn mansion. They are captured by a circus run by a madwoman, where the girls are sold nightly for their bodies, and everything is covered in a haze of perfume, glitter, and color. They journey north, fleeing farther from the mansion, but also further into the past. And the farther they get from the mansion, the closer it seems to follow them.

I was surprised and refreshed to find that this was not going to be a lovey-dovey sequel. The relationship between Rhine and Gabriel evolves in surprising but real ways. Rhine is familiar with the reality of the outside world, but finds herself missing the comfort of the mansion and the promises she left behind. Gabriel hides mysteries of his own, and struggles to confront the harshness of the world he hoped to find.

This story also pushed the world to new places, exploring the origins of the genetic anomaly that kills all girls at 20 and all boys at 25, delving into the background of Rhine's parents and their work as genetic researchers, and pushing farther into the reaches of Rhine's character. You may not love her in this book--she is after all not the mot likable person--but you will be fascinated by her story.

A great sequel to Wither, Fever sets up a powerful ending for this trilogy.
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