by Lauren DeStefano
Simon and Schuster
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Suggested Ages: 14+
Description: 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.
The Good Stuff
- Fabulous character development. Really liked that no one is truly evil or truly good - gives the story a more realistic feel
- Satisfying ending for the trilogy. Leaves opportunities for further books in this richly created world, yet if this is it, still works perfectly
- Destefano does a fabulous job of mood and setting. She makes you feel that this world is real
- Unpredictable and exciting
- Heartbreaking at times -- you will cry, trust me
- Love many of the secondary characters and was glad that DeStefano flushed out their back stories
The Not so Good Stuff
- The cover is blah
- Some of the explanations for the world they live in were just so silly and I am sorry really couldn't happen
- Gabriel is dull and Rhine and his relationship feels more brother/sister than boyfriend/girlfriend
"When I lost Rose, I kept going, I still do, but I'll never be what I was when she was alive. I'll always feel like something's -- not right, without her."
"I brought him into this world thinking he'd have a shot at surviving, and I am not going to just sit here and wait to die if there's still a chance."
"I think he's beginning to understand, and understanding is a horrible thing."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Definitely you shouldn't read this unless you have read the rest of the series
- But if you like dystopian or Atwood's Handmaids Tale, this is something you might want to pick up the first two books
Jenn picked this up for me from the OLA Super-conference and I totally love her for it