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DeStefano, Lauren (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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.
Authors: DeStefano, Lauren
Title: Sever
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 371 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: 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.
Audience: Ages 14 and up.
ISBN: 9781442409095
Statement of Responsibility: Lauren DeStefano
Subject Headings: Science fiction. Genetic engineering Fiction. Survival Fiction. Orphans Fiction. Genetic engineering Fiction. Survival Fiction. Orphans Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Science fiction.
Genetic engineering
Genetic engineering
LCCN: 2012015702
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Aug 12, 2013
  • paulinegage rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 28, 2013
  • callmeprincess rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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".

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.

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

Jul 20, 2013
  • blue_swan_55 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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
  • Stiefvater rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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
  • izzyb14 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

May 05, 2013
  • gigi_direction rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although this book was not entirely as great as Wither (aren't the first ones always the best?), I enjoyed reading this more than Fever. Fever was pointless because everything that happened was also pointless. In this last book, I was incredibly frustrated with all the deaths (and almost deaths) that ocurred. Why does the author have to make it so miserable? I was incredibly surprised with the death of...ahem, I shall not spoil it. But I did like the ending of this book. The final touch made up for the depressing mood throughout most of the book. Almost.

Apr 22, 2013
  • ParnassusReads rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

On the whole, this a poor excuse for a teen dystopian novel, and especially a trilogy-ending one. Don’t bother with it and read Marie Lu’s newest, Prodigy, instead. It’s still got plenty of angst and a love triangle, but at least decisions are made and actions are taken (in other words, there’s a plot). Plus, explosions and government collapse. Now that’s what dystopian novels are all about.


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Jul 16, 2013
  • Stiefvater rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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