Thursday, April 04, 2013

Sever (2013)

Sever. Lauren DeStefano. 2013. Simon & Schuster. 371 pages.

Sever was certainly an intense read. If I had to describe it in just one word, I'd say it was bittersweet. This is the final book in the trilogy which perhaps explains why to a certain degree.

The novel opens with Rhine recovering, Linden and Cecily are determined to care for her. Linden may not believe the "outrageous" claims about his own father that Rhine is sharing with him and his oh-so-young wife. But. He still cares what happens to her. And since Rhine is so unwilling to go back to the mansion, and since she isn't strong enough to leave on her own, he comes up with an alternative arrangement. He has a mysterious uncle, an uncle that his first love, Rose, adored; Rhine can go to stay with him until she's ready to leave. Rhine is still determined to find her twin brother.

This allows Rhine time to contemplate how she feels about Linden, to decide if she really wants to annul her marriage with him, to make plans on how to find her brother and possibly stop him from traveling down a dark and dangerous path. While there she begins to learn more about who she is, who her brother is, who her parents were. Her parents apparently have a reputation in the scientific world--a legacy. And some of what she learns changes her...

The world Rhine has lived in has always been ugly...and Sever is a balance between hope and despair.

Read Sever
  • If you have read the first two in the series (Wither; Fever)
  • If you enjoy dystopian thrillers
  • If romance isn't the most important element in your science fiction!
© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

Linda 3:33 PM  

I'm looking forward to seeing how this trilogy ends. I hope I get this one from the library soon.

Kimi 1:04 AM  

I've already read the first two books of this trilogy and yes it has been intense. I am of course looking forward to see how it ends.
Great review!
(Will review this once I finish it!)

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