by Lauren DeStefano
The Chemical Garden Trilogy, book two
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but they’re still in danger. Outside, they find a world even more disquieting than the one they left behind.
Determined to get to Manhattan and find Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan, the two press forward, amid threats of being captured again…or worse.
The road they are on is long and perilous—and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and men die at age twenty-five, time is precious. In this sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price—now that she has more to lose than ever.
I actually enjoyed this sequel better than the original Wither, mostly because it got Rhine out of the mansion and into the real world, where she had a chance to take charge. DeStefano's world is beautiful and crumbling... a devestating and destructive place. I think it's super creepy having to imagine that I would already be dead in this world. I don't always think the romance is really believable, but in book two it gets a little better. I think Rhine becomes more of a real person in this book. Not just a tragic heroine, though...she never really gets out of that horrible stereotype either because of her horrible situation. I loved the setting more than the story I think, but I will definitely be reading book three. I have to find out how it ends!