Sever (Chemical Gardens #3)
By Lauren DeStefano
3.5 out of 5
Final book in the Chemical Gardens trilogy. We find Rhine back at home with Linden and Cecily. She has recovered from the evil experiments Vaughn did on her, but she still doesn't have any answers. Where is her brother? What about Gabriel? After all her efforts, Rhine is right back where she started. But with her heart full of determination, Rhine sets out into the world to find her brother, and finally, reunite what is left of her family.
I thought that this book was better than the second book, but in mind Wither will always be the best of the bunch. In this book there was a lot more of subtle maneuvering and manipulating to get what one wanted, but no real action. I thought that Rhine is sooo much more mature than she is, and I do love her. She is amazingly realistic about the world she lives in, but at the same time, she never gives up hope. She is a leader of her little world, even though she really didn't want to be one. Having said that, she does not shy away from leading, and she is always thinking about the other above herself. Just to comment on the infamous Chapter 24, I understand how some people could totally freak the fuck about it, it is very sad and unexpected and I did get a little misty eyed, but it is not the worst thing in the world. But maybe that is because I was never a big fan of the ill fated character. All in all, this was a good book, and it did have an appropriate and fulfilling ending. I think my only problem with it was that there was not enough Gabriel--and Jenna, but she is not present for obvious reasons--but other than that, it was terrific.