After about three years I finally finished my favourite book series. The reason it took me so long is because I never really have the time to read, and when I do have the time I don't feel like reading. But last week I had a long train journey planned, so I decided I should use that time to finish the last book of the Chemical Garden trilogy.. And today I'm going to tell you why you should read it.
This trilogy, written by Lauren DeStefano, takes place in future USA, although it's not a good future. Due to failed experiments, women don't get older than twenty, and men don't get past the age of twenty-five. The whole world is chaos, and the USA has crumbled. There's not much left of the luxury there once was. Geneticist are trying desperately to find a cute, but so far they haven't succeeded. Personally it reminds me of things you see in stories about zombie apocalypses.
The sixteen-year-old main character, Rhine Ellery, lives in a house together with her twin brother, Rowan. They try to survive together, but one day Rhine gets kidnapped and sold as a bride. She gets to live in a giant mansion, along with her two sister brides; Jenna and Cecily. Her husband, Linden, is madly in love with her, but all Rhine can think about is escaping to find her brother. During her stay at the mansion many things happen, some of them are things that are a little suspicious. The only one being in the way of Rhine's escape is her father-in-law Vaughn, who seems to have many dark secrets.
The whole storyline is basically Rhine trying to find her brother, while time is running out for her. That may leave you wondering how you can write three books about that, but trust me, I wish there would be more books.
The Chemical Garden trilogy has three parts: Wither, Fever, and Sever (I read the Dutch translations, hence why the titles on the books in the photo are different).
The first part is basically an introduction to the situation, the problem, and the characters. Many interesting things happen here, and you really get to know everyone.
The second part is mainly Rhine's journey to find her brother. The second book really surprised me because there wasn't really that much progress in the search, but it was a really interesting part.
Reading the last part made me realise why the second part was important, as in the third part everything started to fall into place. I finally got answers to some of the questions I had, and I also was surprised a few times by some things that happened.
That's pretty much all I can say about the story without spoiling anything. In all honesty, I don't think I enjoyed any other book more than I did with these. Even though I read the Dutch translations, I think the wording of certain things was beautiful. It was very nice to read and I was completely sucked into the story when I would read it. It would always leave me wanting to know what would happen next. Although the things Rhine goes through are nothing I can relate with (thankfully), I really could feel her pain. I felt like I understood her and I was often left wondering how I would've handled the situations she was in. I found myself having a lot of respect for her (yes, I know she's fictional), and I was very pleased with the ending, because she definitely deserved that after all she went through.
Honestly I wish they would make it into a film series, but I think the second part will make that difficult as not much happens there. Or well, not enough for an entire film. Now that I think of it, a tv series would be a better option for these books. I would definitely recommend you to read these books, as they are greatly under appreciated in my opinion.
Do you have a favourite book? Let me know in the comments!