Sunday, 29 April 2012

Fever by Lauren Destefano (Young Adult)

 (Pretty cover) 

February 2012, Harper Voyager
342 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: escape, dystopian, strange disease, fugitives, hunted by evil people, disappointment, small kindnesses, family secrets, female slaves in places of a dubious nature, moderate teeb romance & adult situations, a little violence, a tissue is needed.

Summary from Harper Collins

 For 17-year-old Rhine Ellery, a daring escape from a suffocating polygamous marriage is only the beginning…

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous – and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion…by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price – now that she has more to lose than ever.

Nayuleska's thoughts

I liked the premise of this - girl on the run with a friend, picking up an innocent who needs saving. It didn't have instant zing, but it was enjoyable.

However, I then got annoyed with Rhine. I honestly thought she shouldnt have run away. What happens to her is horrible, so much so I nearly stopped reading. I realise I haven't read the first book, and that when I'm tired I don't fully grasp plots all that well, but there wasn't enough menace in the antagonist. I was scared for Rhine, but she didn't have a fighting spirit, she didn't seem desperate enough to get out, there was absolutely not a peep from her friends which felt rather odd - often in stories they make at least one busting out attempt.

Still, because I enjoyed a fair amount of it I give it 6/10.

You can find out more on Lauren's website 

Suggested read
For one of my favourite heroines check out Maria V Snyder's books, including Poison Study

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