Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date: February 2012
Series: Chemical Garden, Book 2
Wither, are inevitable*
Rhine and Gabriel may have escaped from the mansion where Rhine's husband and father-in-law ruled their lives, but they are far from free. Stumbling onto a strange circus world where nothing is as it seems, the two find themselves just as confined as before. Can they survive in this new world?
Things I Liked:
I love how the story is so strangely atmospheric. Gabriel and Rhine see some very weird and totally destroyed places in the real world and DeStefano has painted them very well for us, especially with the vivid use of color and scent. I was quite surprised by some of the twists at the end - not all of them, but some. I really like how Gabriel and Rhine's relationship is not set in stone, they are not in insta-love or even necessarily in love, but trying to figure it out. It feels more realistic than some of the true love YA books out there, which was refreshing. The ending definitely left me eager to figure everything out and see what happens next.
Things I Didn't Like:
Honestly, the first two thirds of the book were so trippy and insane that I had a really hard time enjoying it. Rhine has the craziest dreams/hallucinations/nightmares so often that I got tired of reading about the things she saw. It seems to be (in my very uninformed opinion) an accurate portrayal of a person in her situation, but it was also really annoying. The ending picked up when things began to fall into place, but it almost seemed like the first part of the book at the circus was a random side trip with no significant place in the story. I still plan to read the next book, but I'm not raving about this second in the series.
Honestly, not sure it's like anything I've read - maybe a bit like Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Start with the first book, Wither by Lauren DeStefano
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
some, not a lot
some steamy stuff, but not beyond
a little bit of action and some scary images
Overall rating: ***
Who likes trippy books? And why? :)
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