Date Published: February 12th, 2013
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.
Genre: Dystopian Romance/ Science Fiction
First off, I was greatly disappointed with this book. I don't feel like it had the sense of closure that I think it needed. I still love Lauren Destefano's writing but her books aren't all that great. Personally, I think that she'd be a great stand-alone author, but that's besides the point.
One of the things that bothered me about this book was that Gabriel wasn't really a huge part of it. He's pretty much my favorite character in the way he cares for Rhine even when she's sick and being, no offense, a little snobby. Yep, I think Rhine is a tad bit (not a lot, not a lot at all) snobby. Maybe whiny is a better word for it. I mean seriously, first she complains about being eith Linden then she's sad that she can't find her brother. What did she think? Her brother would be as she left him. No, now he's out and about bombing hospitals and research centers, no big deal.
The thing that most bothered me was how fast she started believing Vaughn was telling the truth. After kidnapping her and killing Jenna, and everything else he did. I really thought he was evil. Then, out of nowhere, she decides that he's actually a person. He may be twisted and sick, but he's always been looking out for her. YUCK! That is the biggest stack of bologna I have ever heard. Then as he continues to basically experiment on Rhine and Rowan she still puts her trust in him. *Sigh*
One person I did like though was Vaughn's brother, Reed. He kind of reminded me of all my uncles combined. I have some weird uncles. I guess in a way Reed was my favorite character, in a way. He just appealed to me like that. He was like a big teddy bear, in a way, I guess.
This whole next paragraph contains a HUGE SPOILER if you have not read the book please skip this paragraph, thank you.
Something that I thought was totally unnecessary was Linden dying. I mean there was almost no point to it other than make Vaughn's life miserable, which I always enjoy. But I just thought it was another way for Lauren Destefano to show us that author's can do whatever they want. Sure, I know the symbolic meaning for it and everything but I really didn't like that he died.
This book, was really good aside from all of the things that were aforementioned So, with that, I give it...