Waiting on Wednesday: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

Today I made a to-do list at work, decided I was going to work on it with no distractions until it was done, and completed it an hour later.  After completing the things I had to do today, I spent another hour or two thinking about Wither, the first book in Lauren DeStefano’s The Chemical Garden.  That is why this week’s WOW is:

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR WITHER

 

Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)
Lauren DeStefano

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Releases on February 21, 2012 
368 pages 
Buy it on Amazon here

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

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.

As I said in my review of Wither, I felt as though it was a complete story.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to know what DeStefano does to Rhine and Gabriel next!  I’m very curious to see how DeStefano constructs a story within a vast open world.  Wither never felt like claustrophobic storytelling even though it mostly took place in the confined walls of a mansion set off from the rest of society.  It felt much bigger than its setting and I’m eager to see how the plotting and pacing is affected – if at all – by having a more wide-open world to place her characters.  I also hope we finally meet Rowan in person or if that will be saved for the third novel.

Or I just want to read more about Gabriel.  I kinda heart Gabriel.