Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Posted February 25, 2013 by Sara | Novel Novice 1 Comment

Lauren DeStefano’s explosive Chemical Garden trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion with Sever — as her characters fight for a future they’re not sure is entirely possible, and uncover shocking new secrets about the world in which they live.


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.

DeStefano ruthlessly drags her characters through even more trauma as Sever unfolds, and with it the secrets of Rhine’s world. DeStefano has crafted a story that is eloquent and beautifully written, but with pulse-pounding action and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Sever will have you racing along to find out what happens next, yet lingering between chapters as you consider each event as it happens and consider the events that have lead up to that moment.

Over three books, DeStefano has built up a truly unique and brilliantly conceived world – a dark world where the future is short-lived and dim, with brutal forces at work. With Sever, she shatters everything wide open and readers won’t know what hit them. Emotionally wrecked by the events that unfold, readers will be glad for it — because the ultimate payoff of DeStefano’s heartache is well worth the agony.

Not everyone will be satisfied by DeStefano’s ending, but it’s honest in its imperfections and stays true to the story that began unfolding with the first page of Wither. Anything different would have felt contrived; but DeStefano doesn’t cheat her readers, and we’re all the better for it.

Sever is in stores now.

Sara | Novel Novice

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