Saturday, 5 December 2015

Book Review: Fever

FEVER by Lauren DeStefano (The Chemical Garden #2) 
3 Stars 
Verdict: Miserable. And not in a good way.


Let’s get one thing straight. I loved book one and I’m still pumped for book 3. Unfortunately this is a bridging story full of side plots. It was the aftermath of book 1 and the build up to book 3, and there’s one word to describe it.

Miserable.

What wasn’t miserable was a half-happy memory, scarred by the dystopian world. That in itself is pretty despondent.

The beautiful prose made it sound like a reminiscent drone, and the scales were tipped towards pretentious in this book. Personally I didn’t connect with it like I did the last time. In particular, I never really understood the many references to bees.

Life became grey for me when reading this. Well alright, the prose was beautiful so let’s say a shade of greyish lilac.

So life was crap before and it’s crap now. And it’s only getting crapper. The people in their world don’t even want to fix the issue. In fact, they’d rather kill more innocent bystanders than do that...

I just found it hopeless and impossible to connect with. If you don’t give me anything to look forward to, nothing to believe in, and only show me disappointment, I’ll put the book down – I’ll do it. The only thing that kept me going was how short it was and how much I loved book one.

It ended in a typical book two style. The last paragraph leads into the next book, and it was probably the best, happiest, most exciting thing to occur in the entire title. It wasn’t worth the read to get there, although now I will have to read the final in the series. Hopefully before I lose faith in the world.

Source: Bought it.