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  • Published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
  • Year Published: 2013
  • Description: 371 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 730

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9781442409095



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by DeStefano, Lauren.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Pittsfield Teen

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After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, teenaged Rhine finds hope for a brighter future from a surprising source.

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Started off really well with a good idea and everything the first book, then went downhill and didn't have enough development. I did not finish this book feeling like the story had been thoroughly played out.

By the way, the two reviews before me are FULL of spoilers in case you haven't read the book. Not that I disagree with them, or that it's bad. Just wanted to warn you...

Bad cover

The first thing I must say is that the COVER SUCKS! The green background looks like a green screen. It's as if the cover designer was out of ideas and put the model in front of a green screen and forgot to change it afterwards.

While the first book was captivating, this book was very disappointing. The conclusion was "uuuhhhhh!!"

So Rhine sends mixed signals to the reader. Does she still have feelings for Linden or not? She nearly kisses him. She also resents him for giving her up so easily, instead of trying to fight for her. When Cecily is at the hospital, Rhine says that she needs Linden's strength. Whenever she sees Cecily and Linden in their married couple talk, she notes the jealous third wheel feeling.

It's so true that Gabriel is so flat, probably he's barely in the book, like the last few chapters. If we don't really know him, how can we be all "Team ____" ? I don't know what she see's in that guy, at the end Rhine says that she loves him because he's the symbol of freedom. I don't think love ever lasts when that's the reason. It would be the same if I said I "loved" a bad boy because of what he stands for -danger-; that would end with a brokenhearted (stupid) girl. Linden is more developed in this book, so no wonder readers want Rhine to end up with him. (I personally don't like both of them.) The way he died was so cheap. Really? Really? Some dramatic narrative about him having some internal bleeding. The author was in a hurry to kill off a guy so Rhine would end with Mr. Boring. She killed the wrong person, at least kill off the flat guy instead of the more developed guy.

I liked the plot twist. I would have never thought Madame's daughter would be Rose. I also thought it was ironic how Linden's son was named after his dead brother. Reed was interesting.

read my review at http://urbanhippies0.blogspot.com/2013/08/book-review-by-geling-sever.html


Good ending. But, the author didn't need to kill off one of the love interests.

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