The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Fever by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is such a twisty, bizarre story, a bit psychotropic.Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every second of it, even if there were some stretches that felt a bit slow (helpful hint: they aren’t that slow when you listen to the audiobook at 3 speed).

I guess what I’m trying to say is that this isn’t standard, which is probably why it held my attention so well. I would have liked a bit more to happen in book 2, but I’m also not unhappy with the weird journey we took. It was definitely unexpected, which is at the very least, refreshing.

Book 236 read in 2018

Pages: 341

Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3)Sever by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Again, this is unexpected, dark, and twisted. I’m still a bit surprised about the events that occurred with several characters, and surprise is usually good in terms of holding my attention, even if it’s bad in terms of storyline.

The writing is still gorgeous, with good imagery and vivid characters, but some things that occurred felt either very abrupt, out of character, and/or out of the blue. I think this suffered some issues in the world building department, which left me feeling a bit unsatisfied by the finale. I mean, I still liked the book and loved the series overall, but I’m not sure how to feel about this one. I raced right through it, because there’s tons of drama and intrigue, but I’m not sure if I enjoyed the racing. I think some of the ideas presented in this book needed more room to breathe.

But overall, it was an interesting read, and I’d recommend the series to most dystopian addicts.

Book 237 read in 2018

Pages: 371

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