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Fever: The Chemical Garden Trilogy, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fatiguing sequel ups the sexual content.

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Many readers loved the mystery and intrigue of the provocative first book in the Chemical Garden series, Wither; unfortunately, FEVER just feels like a recap. The main character spends her whole escape talking about what happened before she escaped and in her childhood and how she feels about it -- and of course she's horribly depressed about it all. So it's a long slog through 100 pages of the opiate-hazy brothel, then a sleepy road trip with only one close escape, only to not find her brother in Manhattan.

And for most of the book, someone is drugged or sick or strapped to a table and experimented on, hallucinating even more things about the past. There are no new revelations whatsoever; there's no higher goal, it seems, than finding Rhine's twin, and no new layer of mystery to keep readers guessing. That's pretty essential for the second in a trilogy. Chances are readers will be too fatigued by this one for the finale.

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