Review: Fever

Fever
Lauren DeStefano
2012
Simon & Schuster
978-1-4424-0907-1

Picking up where Wither left off, Fever finds Rhine and Gabriel on the run after escaping from Rhine’s husband, Linden Ashby, and his evil father, Vaughn. Rhine is determined to make it to New York City to reunite with her twin brother, Rowan, but her plans go awry when she and Gabriel stumble across an eerie carnival whose ringmistress plans to make them part of her twisted show. Meanwhile, Vaughn is determined to track Rhine down and bring her back to the mansion, where he continues his sadistic experiments to try to find a cure for the illness that kills all women at age twenty and men at twenty-five. With only three years left to live, Rhine is beginning to feel as if time is running out. Can she escape Vaughn for good and find her lost twin?

Given that it’s book two in a planned trilogy, I was expecting Fever to feel a lot like filler, as so often happens in YA (and other) trilogies. Fortunately, DeStefano kept me flipping the pages to find out what happens to Rhine on her seemingly doomed quest to find her brother. I am curious to see how DeStefano will deal with the matter of the deadly virus. I suspect somehow a cure will miraculously be found by the end of book three, but I am sure there will be plenty of twists and turns to get there.

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