Sever is the final book in the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano. It’s moving and sad and….over.
Book Review: Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Title & Author: Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Genre: YA – Dystopia
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Series: Chemical Garden #3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
How I Got the Book: Bought
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.
In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.”
Sever All Ties
Sever, the final Chemical Garden book is over. I read it, and the story is finished. There is totally a real disease associated with this type of book depression, and it’s called “book hangover.”
You may have seen this Someecard already, but I couldn’t resist:
AGH! Ok down to business. What did I think of the book? Well, after reading Fever, I knew DeStefano was going to pull out the big guns. Fever was fast-paced but with little actual action. I would characterize this series by saying its vivid descriptions and strong characters carry it through.
In Sever, I took a good chunk of the book to really get going into the thick of things – you know, the usual. Rhine on the run and battling emotions and Housemaster Vaughn.
It was one of those books where I enjoyed it, but I had to mentally push myself through. It wasn’t a “I literally cannot stop reading this book because it’s so mesmerizing” situation.
I though it was interesting that in Fever, Rhine spends almsot 90 percent of the book with Gabriel. But, in Sever, she’s really mostly with Linden and Cecily. There are a ton of reasons for this, which all make sense, but that momentum that built up in the last book with their relationship almost goes completely flat.
I think DeStefano lets that happen because in Sever, the story really becomes about survival and saving the world (cheesy but true). Rhine is focused on keeping Cecily safe and maybe, FINALLY, reuniting with her brother. If she can find him, that is.
For me, that’s the ultimate struggle with dystopias. How does an author successfully end them without losing the fun of the first books, while most of the stories have fairly gruesome premises (disease, death, brutality)?
I do think DeStefano did a great job finishing off this series. At the end, I felt so sad to leave these characters behind. Plus, she wasn’t afraid to intentionally pull at readers’ heartstrings either. Gah!
This was a great conclusion to a very well-written, engaging series. I think each book (Wither, Fever and Sever) advanced and progressed from its predecessor. Overall, Sever was a solid finish to a series whose storyline is memorable and beautiful.