Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Oooh, such an open-ending to a wonderful series.

SeverTitle:  Sever
Author:  Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden Series Book 03
Publish Date:  February 12. 2013
Genre:  YA Dystopian
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionWith 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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Hope is a theme for this particular book – hope even in the face of such terrible despair. Love, love, love this trilogy. Rhine continues to be one of my favorite female narrators and I’m both glad for such an ending and yet saddened to see it go. Once again, Lauren DeStefano does a fantastic job of world building, character personalities, and wonderful prose.

The characters are discovering themselves in the darkest way imaginable – and for some, those changes make them stronger.

Ah, Linden. Poor Linden. He discovers nasty truths in this book and it changes him for sure. While Cecily grows up, Linden does too, but it’s not necessarily in a good way for either of them. Cecily is darkened by grief and revenge, while Linden is discovering his father’s true nature has failed him – even if it was always in his best interest. Vaughn’s secrets begin from book one and last until the third, growing darker with each installment. And Rowan, Rhine’s twin brother enters the scene as a fascinating new character to add, though not so new. Rowan is a pawn, just like Cecily, and worse, he doesn’t see Vaughn as a threat so much as the hero who brought him his twin sister back. His presence adds a new mix to the series of emotions as Rhine would follow him anywhere, even down a path Vaughn has in store for them both. I would have liked to have seen more of Gabriel but I understood why I couldn’t at the same time. Her going up to New York during all that would have distracted from the plot.

And that beautiful plot. I love how well it developed in this last one, pushing towards such a great ending. Not all the questions are answered and that’s alright because they don’t necessarily need to be. Revelations are made about Rhine and Rowan’s parents as well. The world is seen from a vantage point beyond the mundane and though it ends in tragedy, it sets minds at ease. And the potential for a cure is reached, perhaps?

badge5v4Though this had sad moments of loss and despair, it grips you from page to page and you can’t help but root for the underdogs as they push through the worst this genetically altered world has to offer. I hope readers enjoy this trilogy, as it’s for sure one of my favorites. A shiny five! Recommended to fans of dystopian fiction and anyone enjoying a nice, dark, well-written read.

Our reviews in this series…

  • Wither Book 01
  • Fever Book 02

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver, the Taken series by Erin Bowman, or the Roar series by Emma Clayton.

About Kat Mandu

I'm an urban fantasy and young-adult paranormal writer. I love to cook, rock out to music, and read as much as I can get my hands on. Always believe in your dreams and pursue them no matter what the cost. If you believe in it, it's worth every chance you take.

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