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Sever: The Chemical Garden Trilogy, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lackluster end to mature, excessively mopey series.

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Yes, Book 1 was pretty provocative, but the intrigue had already fizzled out by Book 2; Book 2 was a rehash of Book 1, and now SEVER spends most of its time wallowing in Books 1 and 2. And moping. And reminiscing. And mourning.

There's so much time spent in the main character's head, moping and mourning, that there's no chance for the book to go anywhere except where they've all been before. (Did they really have to go back to the carnival brothel?) After three books, readers deserve a fuller picture of the dystopian world the author creates. Instead, you get some puzzling truces and sudden deaths to tie up the trilogy a little too conveniently.

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