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(The Chemical Garden #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  25,463 ratings  ·  2,547 reviews
In een wereld waarin vrouwen maar twintig jaar oud worden en mannen sterven op hun vijfentwintigste, is tijd kostbaar. In een poging om aan de boosaardige Vaughn te ontkomen, vlucht Rhine naar Reed, een excentrieke uitvinder. Ondertussen zit Rowan, Rhines tweelingbroer, diep in de problemen en Rhine moet hem stoppen voordat er dramatische dingen gebeuren. Daardoor komen la ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published August 8th 2013 by Van Holkema & Warendorf (first published February 12th 2013)
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Bethany This was actually the only book that has ever given me the chills and I absolutely loved the book. This is my new favorite series. I loved the way she…moreThis was actually the only book that has ever given me the chills and I absolutely loved the book. This is my new favorite series. I loved the way she ended it by keeping me on edge just until the very end. It is hard to choose which one of these books is my favorite but it think I would have to go with Sever.(less)
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After LOVING the first book and being somewhat disappointed by the second one, I had no idea what to expect but I still wanted to know how it will end.
But several chapters in I have to say, I don't even care.
It's terrible, makes no sense. And seeing how the series deteriorated I'm forced to believe that the author wrote the first book but after publishing had no idea where to go with the series. Huge disappointment.
I'll just keep the first book as a standalone.

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Mar 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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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May 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Feb 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
I really hated Fever but I MUST find out what happens to Linden and Cecily.

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 in his home while they form a pl
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'
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
SEVER is the last book in The Chemical Garden Trilogy.

Rhine has finally gotten away from Vaughn, but now she's not only searching for her brother but for Gabriel as well.

After reading the first two books I really wanted to know what happens in the end. I enjoyed learning a little more about the world but still wished there was more detail. I was happy to find out what happened to some of my favorite characters, but I was a bit let down when I didn't hear more about some of the others. At times
Mar 11, 2012 marked it as not-out-yet  ·  review of another edition
*Sigh*. Why are all the books I want to read now come out in over a year? D: Please come sooner!
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
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
I feel like this book had so many endings but I was pleased with how this series ended. Every loose end was tied and, although it's not all happy rainbows and sunshine, the characters are in a good place. Well done, Lauren DeStefano. This trilogy was actually good. ...more
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
Meredith Holley
Jun 15, 2012 marked it as not-gonna-do-it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Sahil Javed
Jun 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
Sever is the last book in the Chemical Gardens trilogy and picks up after the ending of Fever, where, after being taken by Vaughn, Rhine realises that her brother, Rowan, is alive and leading some kind of rebellion.
“Even things that aren’t broken can be fixed,” he says. The darkness smells like mold and metal. “Everything can become something it’s not.”

What the actual fuck was this book? Okay fair enough with there being not as much action in the first and second books but for a con
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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.

An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

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 cha
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
The final as usual was unbelievable. Review to come.

I promised a review a long time ago, but it looks like I'm only just getting around to it now.

I'll say, it was a beautiful end to a story, at first I had no expectations, nor desire to finish of the series. And of course, I was surprised. Like Reachedby Ally Condie, the ending was perfect. Happy or not, questions were answered and the story completed in the more than satisfactory sense that made me turn the pages faster than the fan that was b
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 don't even know.
Mar 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*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 (a
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
Melody (theliteraryowl)
I really loved reading this book, it felt good to immerse myself into Rhine's story once again. I thought that the writing style was on point -as usual- I really enjoyed the lyricism of Lauren DeStefano's style. At times the descriptions made me feel like I was in a dream, DeStefano really has a way with words. I really recommend this series, the characters are well developed and make for an interesting cast.
I sometimes felt like the story was dragging and I was afraid the author wouldn't be abl
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
Jun 17, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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!)

Kaylee Magic
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
A brilliant ending to one of the most addictive YA trilogies out there! A lot of questions get answered, and a lot of fascinating things are revealed as well. I think what I love so much is how incredibly disturbing these books are, and DeStefano does not pull any punches. There's plenty of death, blackmail, humans used as lab rats, and the simply squalid feeling of the world in general. I love how she really makes you feel that America is dying. There's such a magnificent sense of decay. Also, ...more
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Saddest Ending Ever *SPOILERS* 20 507 May 08, 2014 08:07PM  

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