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review 2016-11-04 05:23
Another dystopian teen meh
Wither (Chemical Garden) - Lauren DeStefano

It wasn't BAD. It wasn't good in any different or outstanding way either. Too many of it's type crowding the shelves, and some of them are decidedly better.


There were some nice bits on the relative strengh of the realtionships betweend sister wives and wife and husband, and there was some ring of truth in the blurriness between a self preserving act, compassion and true caring.


Most lacked any meat for me, and since it was set up as a first volume and little else, it did little to satisfy me in any respect unless I choose to follow up, and I really don't intend to.

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review 2015-02-21 00:00
Wither (Chemical Garden)
Wither (Chemical Garden) - Lauren DeStefano Pacing was nice and the plot was intriguing. I read it in one sitting cause I just didn’t want to put it down. The ending doesn’t leave me wanting more of the books though. I’ll read them if I have access to them but I won’t be searching for them.
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review 2014-12-03 00:00
Wither (Chemical Garden)
Wither (Chemical Garden) - Lauren DeStefano Decent, quick read. Did not care for all the flashbacks, especially at the end, but I guess they were needed. Decent character development, even though they were a little stereotypical with the goth/wiccan daughter of the school president, the jock, etc.
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review 2014-09-13 22:59
4* for Fever by Lauren DeStefano
Fever - Lauren DeStefano

I really love this series, unique with fabulous world building and strong characters. I didn't love this one as much as the first, though I cannot wait to read Sever.

The horrors that Rhine and Gabriel have to face only make them stronger & the story behind Lilac is sweet. With Vaughn always one step behind, will Rhine and Gabriel ever find Rowan?

Maddie is also a fantastic character, I wonder if she will ever talk?

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review 2014-07-06 09:42
Sever - Lauren DeStefano

Sever is the third and final part of the Chemical Garden trilogy, you can also read my reviews of the first books: Wither and Fever.


I'm not a fan of the cover, once again in this series. The model and the attributes look like they are photo-shopped onto the ugly green background. And the colour scheme with green and gold is something I would never choose either.


I'd read the first two books, and although they read really fast and everything I wasn't overwhelmed by the story. But, I wanted to read the final book so I could finish this series, and I'm always giving books the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps the ending will take away some of the flaws. Well, did it?


Unfortunately not. The books starts so incredibly slow. Rhine sets out to safe her brother, but how is not important apparently. They make it seem like she's in a hurry, but she spends the half of the book not saving her brother. Instead she just does things, I guess. She must do something, probably, but I can't recall what (and I read it only yesterday). There is a lot of unnecessary talking. Then there's a lot of convenience for the main characters and an unsatisfying ending. It was such an easy, unconvincing ending. But that's not all.


Just the other day I complained about a sexist book. This book tries to one up the last one, by apparently stating that 'men have superior genes' (whatever that is supposed to mean? Is it a completely different species now?). It's also said that men have a better immune system, which is biologically incorrect as well. It's suggested that women have a better immune system, giving cause to the greater longevity of women and also the higher rates of auto immune diseases among women (as an auto immune disease is like an over active immune system). I never like it when they try to mess with science, but I seriously don't get why (especially as a female writer) you would like to down the whole sex by claiming they have weaker genes/cells. It's ridiculous. (I also suspected a mention that Rhine and her brother were identical twins, which would be another ridiculous statement).


Rowan, Rhine's brother might just be the most hypocritical person I've read about. 

Screaming everywhere that the research is bad and it should be stopped, but at the same time making sure he's getting the experimental treatment.

(spoiler show)


These books were fast reads, and I'm glad I finished another series, but this series has quite some flaws, and the answers given are not always (mostly not) satisfying (at least for me). I don't think I will pick up another series by Lauren DeStefano.


Note: I read a Dutch translation of this book.

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