Sunday, March 31, 2013

Review: Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Published date: February 12th, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Pages: 371 (hardcover)

 Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

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.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

There were so many moments in Sever (in all of the Chemical Garden novels actually) that I was just totally and utterly stunned into silence, dumbstruck with awe.  Lauren DeStefano’s writing is so tragically beautiful that all you want to do is laugh while you're crying, smile while your whole world changes. Lauren's play on the novel's mood reminds me of a playwright's skill. Melancholy and agony of the heart seems to wrap itself around Sever as we see the seeds planted in the other books in the series finally come into fruition.

Looking back at the journey that has been The Chemical Garden Trilogy, I see how much I really have enjoyed it. Really really have. The emotional investment I have in these books is staggering. My feelings were tossed here and there like a rag doll in this last novel though. After this, I have decided that I really HATE endings and wish that this series could have gone on into infinity. While unrealistic, I will always hope for it. I guess that's testament to how great these books are, how much I absolutely love them.

I see this book much as I see a waterfall. From a distance, it's beautiful and wonderful. But once you’re under its pounding embrace, it's suffocating. Over feeling. Starting Sever, I didn't think about how much I loved all of these characters, these places contained here in this book. There's so much that happens. Things I wanted to happen, thing I didn't. Lauren manages to put the right amount of drama in with all of the action.

Latelyif you haven't noticedI've been reading a lot of other genres. Mostly because the dystopian novels that have become so popular are starting to really bore me. Not only are the settings exactly the same in every freaking novel, but the characters as well. Rhine is not like those characters. She is lyrical with her thoughts, a ponderer of the things around her. I have often thought she was a lot like me in that way. Her thoughts are much like mine whenever I'm in a melancholy, nostalgic, or even anxious mood. She sees the things around her with a different set of eyes than others, eyes that really see what's around them. I find that that's what I like most about her.

All good things eventually end as they often day, so I will forgive Lauren for not expanding the series this one time. I’ll never regret deciding to pick up Wither that day. I just hope people have the chance to do the same. xx

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