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HOLY WOW. People say that it's hard to write reviews for books you don't like, but I honestly think it's harder to write them for books you absolutely LOVE! Wither was one of my favourite reads of all time and Fever is just as breathtaking, if not more! Lauren DeStefano has some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read! She hooks you in from the very beginning and traps you in a dark dystopian world unlike any other. And you wouldn't think so, but the GORGEOUS cover actually has a lot to do with the story — with its old carnivals, rusty merry-go-rounds, and dying girls covered in glitter. Rhine is such an amazing voice for this novel! Like a poet at heart, she's strong and hopeful and resilient and caring. We get to spend more time (and fall more in love) with Gabriel too ♥, and some old characters surprise us while some new ones cling to our hearts. I love the dystopian world that DeStefano creates because it's so dark and gritty and scarily realistic, where a disease claims the life of ever man at age 25 and every woman at age 20. With amazing characters, writing, and story, she makes every surprising corner come to life! Beautiful, lyrical, and dark in its enchantment, Fever is one of those books that makes me want to invent a new rating for it! Some may say that The Chemical Garden series isn't for everyone because it's so dark at times, but I would honestly recommend it to everyone! :) BUY or BORROW?: You need to buy this book when it comes out — I'm definitely buying my own finished copy! Lauren DeStefano is undoubtedly an author worth starting a collection for! (Original review at Mimi Valentine's YA Review Blog)
Quite possibly the best collection of hard sci-fi stories ever. I've read it twice and I think its about time I read it again.
Interesting story about a town of free born blacks and escaped or freed slaves in Canada, about an hour from Detroit. Buxton really existed, and many of the characters are based upon real people - winner of the Correta Scot King award, amongst others, this is a worthy read for kids of all ages - I'm an over 50 kid and I learned something! Written in the dialect of the times, it might be a challenge fo under third grade readers, though.