Review: Sever

Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3)

Publication date: February 12th 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing For Yong Readers

Number of pages: 371

Series: The Chemical Garden (3#)

Genre: YA Dystopian

Source: Purchased. This is my honest opinion.


Goodreads synopsis:

Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

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.



Seriously? Is this for real? Why? Just, why? When I said in my review of the previous book, Fever, that in each book in the trilogy so far had made me ask why repeatedly, I wasn’t asking for it to continue! Seriously. I can’t even properly thinking about this book without getting into a bad mental state.

The twists in this book were crazy. I went from being bored in the previous book to being like far out, brussel sprout, every chapter. My jaw was like permanently hanging open while I reading this book. Not a good look people, not a good look. I just didn’t know what to make of the characters.

And then something happened. Let’s call it “The Event of the Horrbily Stupid Thing That Made Me Cross and Upset”. The Event of the Horribly Stupid Thing That Made Me Cross and Upset was awful. I was nearly in tears. I think they were just starting to cloud my vision when I went into the “denial phase”. Just…why…that. No. No no no no.

So, because of The Event of the Horrbily Stupid Thing That Made Me Cross and Upset I disliked the ending. I mean, it totally could have been worse, but I definitely had some alternate endings forming in my head before I even got to that part. Yes, I predicted it was going to happen, but admittedly, not so abruptly.

Off that topic now, as I now have to concentrate on my breathing, I have to praise the cover. A land of book covers in which I have an infinity library (that’s totally a thing) is my happy place. You see, I really like the cover, but I have seen some reviewers on Goodreas you aren’t so keen. I like it. More than the ending. Ok, yep, really done with that topic now.

Still, even though my ratings of the other books in this trilogy haven’t been super high either, if you come near me I will force them upon you. So, stay away. They’re really good books, but they definitely have their flaws.

3/5 comets
The Earth shook. If they thought the Leaning Tower of Pisa was leaning before…

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Author bio:

Lauren DeStefanoLauren DeStefano (pronounced: de STEFF ano) is a lawn gnome enthusiast and New York Times bestselling author of some books, which you can find listed below this bio. For the first six years of her life, she thought she was a mermaid and still has her suspicions. When she isn’t writing, she is often composing tweets that make as little sense as possible. They can be found here:

One thought on “Review: Sever

  1. Denise Z says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today. I have picked up book one and will have to push it up the TBR and get reading 🙂

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