by Lauren DeStefano
Rhine's adventure continues in this gripping sequel to Wither. Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the clutches of the mansion and Housemaster Vaughn's twisted medical experiments only to find themselves prisoners of a demented Carnival. And the longer they are there, the sicker Rhine becomes, until it is eventually clear that she too must have been a victim of Vaughn's medical experimentation. Her hope is to escape the Carnival and continue her search for her brother, but in this sordid world there is little reason for real hope, which Rhine realizes as she withers to a state of delirium just as Housemaster Vaughn returns to sweep her up and take her to his basement of dying human experiments. This moving novel wraps up in a shocking conclusion that will leave readers ready for the last book of this trilogy.