Jan 09, Meredith Holley rated it it was ok Recommends it for: future Henry James fans Shelves: young-adult , punching-tour , utopia-dystopia , on-a-dare , reviewed , slaves , motherless-daughters You know, I think after talking to a couple of people about it, reading a couple of reviews, I can see better why someone would like these books. I am not a girl who cares for The Wings of the Dove , so I cannot understand this particular preference, but I can observe that people have it. I guess that there is something about vague wordiness that is attractive to some readers, and, you know, I can see how that is a thing. Maybe it is like black licorice.
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Jan 09, Meredith Holley rated it it was ok Recommends it for: future Henry James fans Shelves: young-adult , punching-tour , utopia-dystopia , on-a-dare , reviewed , slaves , motherless-daughters You know, I think after talking to a couple of people about it, reading a couple of reviews, I can see better why someone would like these books. I am not a girl who cares for The Wings of the Dove , so I cannot understand this particular preference, but I can observe that people have it.
I guess that there is something about vague wordiness that is attractive to some readers, and, you know, I can see how that is a thing.
Maybe it is like black licorice. Like, it is objectively disgusting, but You know, I think after talking to a couple of people about it, reading a couple of reviews, I can see better why someone would like these books. Like, it is objectively disgusting, but some people like it. I kid! Anyway, I would not say that I have a particular problem with Ms. I will tell you what I do have a problem with, though, but I feel like I need to move to a new paragraph at this point, so you are going to have to be content with no snappy thesis sentence in this review.
Ahh, yes. Much more comfortable. Soo, anywhoo. In one of my Intro to Lit classes in college, I had this lovely professor who advised us that whenever we read anything, we should ask ourselves who wrote it and what his or her agenda is.
This is how I read books, and because I value direct communication, I probably base a lot of my opinion about a book on how clearly I can understand who wrote it and what the agenda is. I am not using agenda as an insult.
I think we all have agendas. How does the book present the world? What does it normalize? What does it question? Sometimes this is a more complex issue than others — for example, in the Uglies series, while Scott Westerfeld seems to try to say superficiality and self-mutilation are bad, I think he really does more to normalize them. DeStefano is a twenty-seven-year-old woman whom many have mistaken for a teenager. Maybe, in some ways, that is not a bad thing from a marketing perspective because it makes her more relatable to her audience.
What I actually want to talk about are Ms. My main thought is that when authors, and Ms. DeStefano is certainly not alone in this, publicly react to reviews from an instinctive emotional place and make reviews about their feelings or even when they privately contact reviewers in this way , it really comes off as a show of strength to reviewers, even if the author intends to be benevolent.
It makes The Lord of the Rings look like a fast-paced, action-packed, breathtaking ride at blinding speed through a roller coaster of plot. Meaning, nothing happens in this book the entire time. Gabriel is still a cardboard cutout of UR boifriend with blu Is. The damn candies view spoiler [are the key to the disease, just as you expected hide spoiler ], and there is a drop-in mute, disabled, possibly autistic child who serves no purpose other than to.
She scampers A LOT. So, Rhine and Gabriel fall into the grips of an eeeeevil brothel owner who for some reason talks like a Russian villain in a cartoon. It is voyeuristic and disempowering.
Not, like, they would have wanted to have sex, but you know. The aphrodisiacs made them do it. This continues the image presented over and over in these books that women cannot want sex just for its own sake, but either must want it for some unhealthy ulterior motive or be forced into sex. Then, after the aphrodisiac cage and some other hijinks, view spoiler [Rhine winds up back at the mansion because no one realized that tracking devices are a thing, and the statutory rapist from the first book is like, "UR rong, I never hit U!
UR tearing me apart Lisa! Probably the main issue I have with these books is that I feel like they are saying nothing in a direct way, but doing a lot to normalize a sense of female victimization. DeStefano takes on the voice of trafficked child prostitutes, and then she does nothing to give them actual humanity or strength. This is a topic I have studied a little bit and really care about, so painting trafficked girls as boring, shallow waifs is offensive to me.
So, Fever gets a freebie star for that. If you are not working on a bestiality-to-no-bestialiaty scale, though, this book is mostly pretty boring. I mean, this book is boooorrinzzzzzzzzz. And in this case, the person who called you boring has way less power than you do see below for more on this.
Ultimately, it is probably a pretty simple fix to make the next book less boring. You do a lot of telling and not showing. You tell us, for example that Rhine is an Aquarius, so she is unpredictable, but I have not yet seen her be unpredictable.
I have seen many, many Aquariuses be unpredictable in many, many unpredictable ways, but I have not seen that from Rhine. I have seen her romanticize her surroundings, as a Libra like yourself might do, but I have not seen her be unpredictable or witty like an Aquarius might be.
Also, you indicate that Gabriel wants to protect Rhine and Linton is in love with Rhine, but I have not yet seen them express anything other than not wanting other people to touch her. My understanding is that they do this because she has two different colored eyes, which makes her special to them. That is perplexing to me. If you could say less and show more about why they would like her, it would help me out. Happy fake birthday, Rhine!
I hope rehab is very successful for you and that you grow a pair! DeStefano let us know what she thinks our dark, 4chan corner of the internet. So, I am definitely apologizing for wasting your time by adding my voice to this ridiculousness, but I feel compelled.
Plot[ edit ] Fever takes place in a future where genetic sciences have created a cure of all diseases and illness for humanity. This cure allows for the "First Generation" of perfect humans free from ailments. The First Generation live long and healthy lives, but their children and grandchildren suffer from a virus created from the cure which kills the younger generations. The virus kills females at the age of 20 and males at the age of