Copyright 2011, Simon & Schuster
In a world where flowers crumble under the chemical-filled soil and air and women don't live past age 20, Rhine finds herself in the worst predicament she could imagine. She's been kidnapped, thrown into a van and carted away; huddled with dozens of other girls, Rhine learns quickly that she must be chosen to survive, but to live she must escape.
Rhine is in the lap of luxury. Granted, she can't open her bedroom door, she's been gassed on transport to the mansion, and her windows are sealed tight, but she's bathed and dolled up, she's clean and fed. Unfortunately, she's also being forced into a marriage with her new sister-wives to a wealthy architecht Linden Ashby.
During her time in the mansion Rhine has to fight through the illusions, remind herself that this life is not real and that somewhere out there her twin brother is missing her. Her kind servant, Gabriel, seems to be the only one she can connect with. At first, she doesn't even connect with the sister-wives that share her floor. She needs to escape and the longer she's there, the more secrets she hears, the more urgent her escape is.
But how do you escape a mansion with no roads, a husband and his evil father that seems to have an eye on everything?
I have been hounded to read this. I have been beaten into submission. Dystopian novels are against my doctors orders. Seriously, I'm going to need heart medication between Lauren DeStefano and Lauren Oliver. They hurt me.
The world building in this novel is amazing. You can smell the incense in the halls, the medicated rubs on the sick, you feel the restriction of locked air vents and windows. And then you feel the hope of something more in a forbidden kiss, you wonder if you're acting along with Rhine or if maybe you're falling too.
DeStefano has a beautific way of writing and I can't wait to see what she brings us in Fever! Although...I need some more medication to make me brave enough to start it!