Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden #3
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.
My Thoughts: It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Fever was released. It’s harder still to believe it’s been two years since Wither. I keep thinking that it can’t have been that long. But it really has. And I remember both rather well – surprisingly so, actually. I guess this is just one of those series that sticks with you.
Let’s just start by saying that Sever by Lauren DeStefano is well worth the wait! While I don’t think it knocked my socks off, I found it very good and a perfect conclusion to an exciting series. We begin with Rhine recovering in the hospital, with Linden and Cecily at her side. It’s clear she can’t go back to the mansion, so Linden arranges for Rhine to stay at his uncle’s home. She’s there long enough to fully recover, and then decides she must find her brother. Especially after learning more about what he’s doing.
The narrative has some exciting and surprising events. A few were downright shocking. I’m happy to say that there really wasn’t much I’d call predictable. The ending is quite satisfactory; Sever is the perfect final book in The Chemical Garden trilogy. Pretty much all questions are answered, all loose ends are tied, and just about everything is explained in clear detail. Closure is complete. I closed the book happy.
If you’ve been waiting what feels like forever to see how it all ends, I believe you’ll agree that this book is worth the wait. It’s a satisfying – no, perfect – ending to an imaginative, captivating, and thought-provoking series.
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
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