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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
The Last of the Chemical Garden
Published: February 12, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Series: The Chemical Garden #3
Back before this series ever came out I was so excited for it. First of course, are the gorgeous covers. Not necessarily a reason to read a book, but it didn't hurt. Also the idea intrigued me. A world where girls died at 20, where the were sold into polygamous marriages. Talk about intriguing.
The first book was all that I expected it to be, and yet looking back I can say there was something missing. Then with the second it went in a completely different direction than I expected. And now with the third, I am glad I finished it, but again there's just so much potential with this series that fell just short.
It has been a few weeks since I finished reading this, and I do think that's influenced my review. Now that I'm not still under its spell, I've realized how easy it is to forget. That's actually part of what made it difficult to read. It's been almost 4 years since I read Fever and while parts of it I do remember, a lot of it is still foggy.
Even so, I'm glad I stuck with this. The trilogy ends and wraps up its mysteries quite nicely with still a bit of suspence. As I've mentioned in my other reviews for this series, I loved the characters and once again that's the case.
I'm not sure I'll be reading these books again, but even if it's just because of the covers, I can't imagine getting rid of them. Plus I was happen enough with the books I'd be more than happy to pick up something else by Destefano.