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?
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Low Grade Fever
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.