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Sever

by Lauren DeStefano

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | February 12, 2013 | Hardcover

Sever is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: February 12, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442409096

ISBN - 13: 9781442409095

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great end to a series *some spoilers* Okay, what can I say about this book? I read this book weeks and weeks ago and I'm just getting to writing my review now. Why, you ask. Well that's simple, I can't quite put into words how much I really love this whole series. I mean there is a kickass heroine, a conflicted character (is he good or is he bad?), a super villain, and a reason to fight. I still can't quite form coherent sentences at this point without either sounding silly or giving away spoilers. This book is the third book in a series and it concludes the series quite nicely. I like that it was not all rainbows and unicorns because the series is not at all like this. There are many sad things in the world that DeStefano creates but in the midst of this there are many glimpses of hope for the future. What I liked about this novel is that you could really start to understand the motives behind some of the characters. Even with the characters you hate, you can really start to kind of understand why they do the messed up things that they do. In a way you almost start to feel sorry for them because they can never truly be happy, nor can they find the good amongst all the bad. This book sent my emotions all over the place. Without giving too much away, there is a point in this book when things aren't as they seem and this just threw me into overdrive. I was calling everyone I knew to see if they had read the book yet and if they had read that far in the book. Then I continued to read and my tear ducts dried up but only momentarily. Oh Lauren DeStefano you know how to make a girl cry. To me this is the sign of a good book but if I'm being honest I'm an easy customer because it seems like I can cry at almost anything. Well, this review is a little disjointed but I feel like there is nothing I can say to do this book justice. I loved it and I loved the whole series. What am I going to do now that it's done?
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After For some reason, I was never dreading the end of this trilogy but I was immensely curious to see how things turned out and how the books would be wrapped up. Fever had a number of big reveals for us, and I was anticipating learning more about those reveals. The Chemical Garden trilogy is one that has shocked me from beginning to end, and I applaud Lauren's thoughtfulness in writing these books. Yet they failed to completely resonate with me, and left me wanting more from them in the end. Reasons to Read: 1. Rhine finds her independence: YAY! Awesome. I love that Rhine really has more of an opportunity in Sever to step out on her own, without really needing to rely on someone else (more specifically, without relying on any one boy). I don't think we see enough of this in YA, and I appreciate that Rhine takes the time to step back from relationships for a little while to figure out what her plan is, and then figures out who will be a part of that along with her. (I will add, however, that it takes a while for her to really get into this role, and the lead-in was far too slow. It takes her a little while to break those chains.) The introduction of additional, fascinating characters: 2. I, for one, really loved both Reed and Rowan (how many people in this book have names that begin with "R"?) - I thought they both really added to the story and gave the plot a bit more depth. They both shed a bit more light on the world, and specifically on Vaughn. Plus they change Rhine's perception of people and her situation, and frankly I wish we had seen more of them earlier on in the series because they ended up being two of my favourites. They pulled at my heartstrings, and all those warm, fuzzy feelings (in sad ways).  I finally realized why this series hasn't resonated with me the way I expected it to though. So much of this book feels very adult-oriented to me, particularly with regards to its themes and issues. I have a much harder time relating to the characters because of this, and as interesting as it is I just feel disconnected in the end. The very nature of the world is one that forces Rhine (and other characters) to grow up far too quickly; there essentially is no childhood experience. And for that reason, I realized in Sever that I have a harder time connecting with this book and the series overall. We still see some evidence of Rhine's young age, with her conflicting feelings towards other characters. But this has dragged on for so long (the back and forth between the boys (especially), her sister-wives, and even Vaughn) in the series and in Sever in particular that I just stopped caring altogether. And while I found many of the reveals to be fascinating, the ending felt like it was rushed and wrapped up too quickly. It surprised me, because very few things were left as open as I expected given the circumstances. And frankly some of the plot twists didn't shock me like they should have, because it seemed to me that they didn't have very big of an impact and weren't written as poignantly as the situation deserved. Sever is a wild ride for sure, full of shocks and twists, and leaves you with a surprising amount of hope considering the dark world the characters live in. I loved that it isn't entirely a dreary experience, and that there can be some goodness found at the end of the all for Rhine and her story. It just lacked the punch it should have had as the end of a trilogy, but the introduction of new characters and an intriguing world were enough for me to still enjoy Sever. ARC received from Simon & Schuster Canada for review; no other compensation was received. 
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good enough to keep me wondering! Finally a look into the outside world as Rhine sees it. She is constantly at battle with herself and the struggles and heartache she goes through just made me feel like I was in her head. You can see how much she has changed from Fever and to finally have an ending for this trilogy.. All I can say is I was pestered with all the FEELS! As for all the other characters, I felt each character come to terms with who they are and how they have developed from the first novel. I LOVE CHARACTER GROWTH! Explanations of the world building are finally answered and it may not be the answer I was looking for, it did at least answer some of my questions. I felt the ending was rushed and the information was dumped in the end, but at least there were some answers. Lauren has a way of writing that makes you stay in the character’s life and not think about anything or anyone else. She has this keen ability to write about the human mind and all its wonders. Her writing is on point and this one was a little longer than the others but it was still a fabulous read. Looking forward to what else Lauren has in store for us! Characters So much character growth in this one! Pacing/Length Pacing is just right. Length was a little long, but I didn’t seem to mind in the end. Cover/Design Gorgeous! This one isn’t Photoshopped as much since it looks like an actual cover model. Oh and I love the emerald green on this one. Plot Good enough to keep me wondering! Overall, a satisfying conclusion to the Chemical Gardens Trilogy
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting If you're reading this I'm assuming you have read the first two in the series, and you were most likely annoyed by unanswered questions, but more nagging, is facts around the world DeStefano has built and by now you have just accepted that it is a wonderful story and the holes in the world can be forgiven. OMG they get answered! Sever actually answers every question. The Chemical Gardens trilogy ends with a haunting message and every character grows. It is rare for a series to have even the lesser characters be given a background and growth, but there is NO ONE that I ended the novel hating, yes, that's right, NO ONE, and if you've read the last two that should strike you as odd. This really has to be read as a trilogy, and once read, will be one of the stories that will stick with you for a long time to come.
Date published: 2013-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional & Haunting Conclusion to the Chemical Garden Trilogy! After Fever ended on such a suspenseful note, the months of waiting ahead for the final installment in The Chemical Garden trilogy felt unbearable. The stunning book covers usually offer clues about the events, so I deciphered it closely, searching for some sort of reassurance that everything would be alright for Rhine in the end. As I began reading Sever, I fell in love all over again with Lauren DeStefano's gorgeous prose. Her poignant style of writing leaves a haunting impression, and each page is infused with a rush of shattered emotions. Hope is the flickering light of a candle which threatens to give into the darkness of fear and despair. Desperate to escape Vaughn's grasp, Rhine takes temporary refuge with Linden's uncle, a man named Reed who's nothing like his estranged brother, before she can finally search for Rowan, her twin brother. The more time passes, the more Rhine grows increasingly concerned for him. Rowan is caught up in an underground resistance protesting genetic research, and she can't shake the feeling it's only a matter of time before he's bound to get himself hurt. Rhine's journey will lead her to discoveries about her parents that she could never have imagined... and the reason Vaughn refuses to leave her alone. Vaughn has always fascinated me as a villain because he's such a complicated man. He may be a brilliant doctor and geneticist, but his morals have become so twisted that he would do absolutely anything to discover a cure, even if it meant hurting other people. Cecily is determined to remain by Rhine's side and help find her brother, but I warily accepted Cecily's presence. She has a much stronger role in this novel, but even though Cecily may have good intentions, her assistance in the past has usually made everything much worse. I've always been ever so fond of Linden, so it was sad for me to see him come to the realization that his father is not the man he always thought he was. Linden has always lived in his own sheltered little bubble, but it finally bursts apart in Sever. I had predicted in the very first novel, Wither, how Rhine would become such an important figure in her generation, so it was very satisfying to see that I was proven right. That being said, there were still so many surprises which I would never have guessed! Shocking revelations will challenge everything you thought you knew about this dark dystopian world that Lauren DeStefano has envisioned. Emotional and even downright heart-wrenching at times, Lauren DeStefano's Sever explores the human condition and just how far we are willing to go to protect our loved ones. It was a perfect finish to a series which has captivated me from the very beginning. The conclusion to The Chemical Garden trilogy will linger in your heart long after you finish reading it. You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2013/02/review-and-giveaway-sever-by-lauren.html
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated out of 5 by from I cannot wait for this book to come out! :D:D:D:D:D:D
Date published: 2013-01-09

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Sever

Sever

by Lauren DeStefano

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: February 12, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442409096

ISBN - 13: 9781442409095

About the Book

After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age 25 and women dying at age 20, teenaged Rhine finds hope for a brighter future from a surprising source, in this concluding novel of the Chemical Garden Trilogy.

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IN THE ATLAS the river still flows. The thin line of it carries cargo to a destination that no longer exists. We share a name, the river and I; if there’s a reason for this, it died with my parents. The river lingers in my daydreams, though. I imagine it spreading out into the greatness of the ocean, melting into sunken cities, carrying old messages in bottles. I have wasted too much time on this page. Really I should be in North America, charting my way from the Florida coastline to Providence, Rhode Island, where my twin brother has just bombed a hospital for its pro-science research on embryos. I don’t know how many are dead because of him. Linden shifts his weight restlessly. “I didn’t even know you had a brother,” he’d said when I told him where I was going. “But the list of things I don’t know about you is growing longer every day, isn’t it?” He’s bitter. About our marriage and the way it ended. About the way it’s not really over. My sister wife looks out the window, her hair like light through autumn leaves. “It’s going to rain,” she says quietly. She’s here only at my insistence. My once-husband still doesn’t quite believe she was in danger in his father’s, Vaughn’s, home. Or maybe he does believe it; I’m not sure, because he’s barely speaking to me these days, except to ask how I’m feeling and to tell me I’ll be discharged from the hospital soon. I should consider myself lucky; most of the patients here are crammed into the lobbies or a dozen to a room, and that’s if
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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.

About the Author

Lauren Destefano won The Thornton Wilder Award for a short story entitled Orange Blood while in high school. She received a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007. She is the author of the Chemical Garden Trilogy.