Lauren DeStefano’s Wither was called a “thought-provoking debut, reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale” by Kirkus Reviews. Its chilling follow-up, Fever, continues 16-year-old Rhine’s tale - set in a dark future in which men and women die by age 25, and young girls are sold into marriage to keep the population growing. Rhine has finally escaped her marriage. But what hope can the outside world offer when death looms ever closer?
©2012 Lauren DeStefano (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Probably not. The loose plot and unbelievable ending left me wanting as a reader.
This is a classic mistake of trying to make the sequel bigger and better. DeStefano spent too much time creating the carnival world and too little time creating intimate moments between Rhine & Gabriel to make this love story believable. It's difficult to pull for a character who vacuously and blindly wades through situations. The rich detail and easy flow of her writing is pleasing and creates an enchanting & horrifying world, but the characters need more life. The reader is left wondering why everyone keeps helping and/or searching for Rhine with one exception. We find out Vaughan only wants to test her for her special features. Not a spoiler alert, obvious from novel one.
She embodies the intelligence of Rhine and although her voice sounds more mature, I feel she commands a character who's experienced tragedies, yet is still young. She does a solid job with intonation of all characters.
Yes, I think it could be better than the books. Look at True Blood and Vampire Diaries.
Rhine: Imogeen Poots
Gabriel: Steven R. McQueen
Linden: Anton Yelchin
Vaughan: Richard Gere or Willem Dafoe
Given all the negative comments above...I would actually still listen to the third. I do like the world created by the author and believe she could make the third book interesting. She is talented, just needs to inject more emotion into her characters and insert believable, almost tangible situations and dialogue between the characters.
I rather enjoyed the first installment of this trilogy. It wasn't the best listen ever, but I was curious as to what happened next. Well, I feel as if I'm still waiting to find out. I couldn't even finish Fever though God knows I tried. I really did. Even the boredom that comes with laying in a hospital bed for 2 weeks couldn't force me to continue with this book. The narrators voice became torture because it just seemed to drone on & on but go nowhere. I'm stunned that I quit the middle of a 3 book series but I had no choice. Listening to an audiobook should be a pleasure, not a task. I may eventually give book 3 a try just to see if the series was redeemed but it will be later, after the taste of book 2 is fully gone from my mouth. Sometimes a middle book or movie is little more than a bridge to connect the beginning and end. The best I can say about Fever is that perhaps such is the case here.
Longing. Regret. Caught.
Its similar to Uglies and Partials, because of the Dystopian feel.
All of it!
Everything will come full circle!
I didn't care for the beginning part of the book because I felt the author was just flooding the main character with awful luck. That didn't really change actually. But the book got better! I also felt the main character was a lot more stupid in this book. I don't like stupid characters. I noticed 90% of dystopian books that have female main characters are portrayed as dumb. Unless they have a male author. Why do woman make fictional woman seem dumb? You would think it would be the opposite.
I'm an avid reader who is on the road a lot so audible is perfect for working my way through my list of books I want to read!
Didn't read the print version so it's hard to compare.
When she sees her brother on TV.
I could easily see this series becoming the next Hunger Games in terms of popularity.
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