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After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, teenaged Rhine finds hope for a brighter future from a surprising source.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, c2013
ISBN: 9781442409095
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION DeStefano
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeTiegan Feb 24, 2018

Linden is finally learning some of the dark truths about his father after rescuing Rhine from his experiments in the basement. Along with Cecily and Bowen, they move in with Linden's uncle, Reed, who has been disowned by Vaughn, but with whom Linden has kept in contact. In further attempts to escape Vaughn when he tries to take them from Reed's home, they run into Madame. Her guard Jared knows where Rhine's brother is and helps Rhine get to him. She knows they are not the same people they were when they last saw each other, but she is surprised to find out just what Rowan knows about their world and who he has learned it from. She finds out just what her parents true intentions were in having twins and the work that has been done since their deaths. While she doesn't want to believe the things she learns, it becomes harder to deny what she sees with her own eyes and to once again hope for a future with a cure for the science that made males live to 25 and females to 20.

ArapahoeSusanW Feb 07, 2018

DeStefano saved this series and redeemed herself with this final installment in the "Chemical Garden" series after the dismal "Fever". Luckily, "Sever" returns to the main plot and an actual plot this time instead of the author's meanderings into mild perversion. This final installment is full of suspense and interestingly, the characters of "Fever" only play minor roles.

Jul 09, 2017

+ last book in one of my favorite series
+ lots of philosophic thoughts by Rhine

- slow, dull
- anticlimactic
- not strategic
- not satisfying
- I didn't always like the way Rhine handled things

Aug 12, 2013

got good half way through, liked the twist, couldn't put it down

Jul 28, 2013

In a future not so far away, humanity's hope is slipping away fast. That's what's in the book, but definitely not this book itself. The stunning conclusion to "The Chemical Garden Trilogy", Sever was a question mark with a stomach full of longing for more and unease that the series is finished. Lauren Destefano had crafted a beautiful jaw-dropping reality in the first two books, filled with all the right elements, it was a fantasy, it was scientific all too believable, it was a eerie elegant modern fairytale without happy ending. Although Sever only touched the surface of that, it was a good book, a grand finale.
Which is worse? To live in a world where sickness is unavoidable or another world without a trace of disease, but you know when you'll die. After a failed attempt of creating a perfect race, humanity had became a ticking time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five, and women dying at age twenty. Rhine will never be the same after going through everything she had been through, at age seventeen she had seen the horror of massacres, poverty, human experiments, and felt the emotions of being torn apart from her beloved twin brother. She is stronger than ever, and will do anything to find her brother and answers, including taking refuge from her old flame. Somewhere between the lines she just might discover the cure, and who she really is. The past often comes back to haunt, but it won't change anything, the damage is already done. Deciding between what's wrong and right when there's ill-meaning in righteousness, and sense in insanity, with only her distant memories to hold on to, came Rhine's greatest challenge. To fight for a better future for everyone she ever cared about, but in a world that continues to deliver astonishing truth, is there any hope that doesn't involve a devastating price?
It was the best of time, it was the worst of time, that's how I would describe this book. It ended with an tender and lyrical feeling, however I can't help but feel it was a bit rushed. But no worries, the ending make up for it. Mix inspirational and science-fiction, and you get a stroke of genius. The last page was the highlight of the entire novel, moving and touching, it was about living to the fullest, being grateful to just be alive. You only get live once, so make it count. I realized it deeply after reading the last paragraph that people should be happy to just grow and live, after all, the greatest gift of human is growing up, learning, and exploring until... "We decided at last that it's time to stop." Even though it's the end, I feel like it's perhaps only the beginning for Rhine, the chapter stops here, the story continues on. The ending will unquestionably tug your heartstrings. Sever is a term meaning to put an end to, to break apart, in many ways that's exactly what this book is about. Rhine finding herself, letting go of her ties to the past, moving forward. To sever with something, the process is excruciating, but once it's completed you're free. Beside, the first book is called Wither, the second one is called Fever, so the third book is bound to have a title that ends in another er. "Sever" truly represent what this book is about, and it was a lovely ending to a phenomenal series called "The Chemical Garden Trilogy".

Jul 24, 2013

I thought this was a great ending to the series; not sure why some people seemed to be disappointed. I LOVED Cecily's character... ONE death in particular was really sad but it needed to happen to advance the plot. I was wondering about the other continents the whole series so I was glad they visited some. Anyways, I would wholly recommend this series... WAY better than Divergent! I appreciated how Gabriel was absent for large chunks of the plot so it wasn't super cheesily romantic. All in all innovative dystopian novel and well executed plot.

JINGNA_1 Jul 21, 2013

This is the last book!! The ending was a shocker! Why? Why? Why?!

blue_swan_55 Jul 20, 2013

This last novel of the Chemical Garden Trilogy was not how I thought it would end, which is such a disappointment. I actually loved the first novel more. Sever was ok (fine... above average), but like I said not the best.

Jul 16, 2013

This was a complete disappointment. I would have preferred to just read Wither and imagine what could have happened with the next two books. Some of the "surprises" were not very surprising or made me feel more disdain for the book. But to be fair, the author probably struggled to find Rhine something to do in the last two books and figure out how to end the trilogy.

Jun 24, 2013

Not as good as the 1st book, but probably better than the 2nd. Not a bad ending to the series, but I wasn't all that impressed with it and was mostly disappointed in the end.

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Jul 16, 2013

Stiefvater thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 18

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violet_deer_46 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 22


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