Monday, April 30, 2012


by Lauren DeStefano
341 pages

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but they’re still in danger. Outside, they find a world even more disquieting than the one they left behind. Determined to get to Manhattan and find Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan, the two press forward, amid threats of being captured again…or worse. The road they are on is long and perilous—and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and men die at age twenty-five, time is precious. In this sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price—now that she has more to lose than ever.

This second installment of the Chemical Garden trilogy is lame. Rhine and Gabriel are captured again on like page 2, escape again on like page 182 then Rhine literally walks directly back into the arms of Housemaster Vaughn and back to the mansion on like page 302. Really? Let me guess what happens in book 3...Gabriel goes back to the mansion and rescues Rhine...again.

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