Sever - Last book in the Chemical Garden Trilogy

Title: Sever
Series: Chemical Garden
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Pages: 371
Goodreads Rating: 4.0
My Rating: 4.0

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.(less)

My Thoughts: Honestly I could not wait to read this book. I checked my library every day, three times a day to see when they would get it in and luckily I was first in line to read this. I adored the first book Wither, and could not wait to get my hands on the second book Fever, but like many of you out there Fever disappointed me and kept me wanting for more. But because I fell in love with the plot and the characters in the first book I did not give up hope.

And alas my waiting paid off, mostly thanks to the author herself. Lauren DeStefano is one of those of authors who is completely and utterly invested in the characters and the world she created. And by following her on Twitter and on Facebook and watching all the little teasers she would put up (and yes she put up plenty) made me waiting on my tippy toes for this book.

Things I liked: I really liked the character of Reed and the extra flair that he brought to the story. Another thing I really liked was how Lauren was able to make me change my ship team. Up until this books I was Team Gabrielle all the way, but after reading Sever I have to admit that Linden started growing on me and up until the end I was torn with who I wanted Rhine to end up with. Something else I really enjoyed was a couple of plot turners that I was not expecting showing up.

What I didn't like: Gabrielle did not make an appearance until the end and I would have loved to have seen him show up sooner in the story.

In conclusion: I did really enjoy this story and was have glad to have read it. I believe Ms. DeStefano did an amazing job on her first series and I cannot wait to read more of her work next year.

NEXT BOOK: Scarlet, sequel to Cinder!


  1. OMG this book blew me away and I cried so hard!! I can't believe the way it turns out, totally made a left turn and the ending...I want more. I'm totally Team Lindon I love him. I feel like in this book Rhine should have shared more moments with him and everything, but in the end I do love how it all ended. at 1st I was upset...but anyways great review!

  2. Thank you! I must admit that I became Team Linden after reading this book! And after "the event that happens, but we won't talk about incase others have not read it" ocured I cried my eyes out like a little baby!

  3. Can I just say, I HATE this cover. The ugly green mashed with the hodgepodge of under-exposed crap littering the cover turns me off of this book. It's a good thing this isn't the first book in the series. I would have put it down in a heartbeat because the ugly burns my eyes. I actually really like the look of the first book. In fact, I own it.

    1. Kelly, I have to agree that it is not my favorite compared to the other covers. I think Wither's was beautiful. I guess all the knick-knacks were supposed to provide clues towards the story line but it did come out a tad bit cluttered.


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