Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sever, by Lauren DeStefano- Review

From Goodreads:
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.


If you haven't read Wither or Fever, then Spoilage ahead!

Sever was a home run for me, home run. So much creepy goodness!  So much Vaughn, Linden, Cecily and a wonderful new character, Vaughn's brother Reed.  I won't lie, I think Reed might be my favourite of the whole, damn, bunch.

Where Fever stalled out many of the key story lines for me, for far too much of the book, Sever walked right into the main action and never let go, not even for a second.  There was a bevy of reveals, each one more astounding then the last, and here's the really cool part- they tie in the most amazing way with book two.  Just like that, Fever has become a way more fascinating book for me, and I kinda want to double back and re-read it.

Completely outside of the fantastic way the plot points came together, the satisfying way all the dots were connected, and DeStefano's continuing way with words (that lady has writing style folks), what I loved the most was Rhine's realizations about her relationships. The triangles that seemed to be forming between Gabriel, Linden, Rhine and Cecily never happened.  Rhine makes no final declarations of undying love to anyone, everything is always about the bigger answers, and even after she finds them, that doesn't change, and I like her better for it.

This is dystopian at some of it's best.  A crazy, messed up world, great characters, fantastic discoveries but more than anything, a focus on internal struggles, and the nature of evil.  Bet you never thought Vaughn might be someone you could feel sympathetic for, did you?  Oh you'd be surprised, get ready for DeStefano to pull on your heartstrings and manipulate your feelings about everything.
He wasn't here for all the gory affairs of the family dynamic.  And part of me doesn't want to sully the image of his hero,...
"Someday I'll tell you all of it," I say.
"I'd like that," he says.
"No, " I say. "I promise you won't."

A fantastic end to an engrossing series, if DeStefano hadn't already won me over with her awesome stream of amusingly captioned cat pictures on Twitter, I would now have to declare this to be an all out, official, author crush.

Also, one of the best designed series on the shelves right now, wicked job Simon and Schuster.

Sever, by Lauren DeStefano
Published by Simon and Schuster, February 12th, 2013
My copy received at the Ontario Book Blogger meet up and kindly provided by the publisher.
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