By Lauren DeStefano
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012. 341 pgs. Young Adult
The second book in The Chemical Garden series has us follow Rhine and Gabriel as they try to make their way to Manhattan and the safety of Rhine's twin brother, Rowan. But it seems that the world outside of the mansion is even more perilous than either of them expected as they fall into the hands of a twisted carnival with a ringmistress who wants to make Rhine part of her colorful menagerie of girls. Worse still, Rhine's father-in-law, Vaughn, is still determined to bring her back to the mansion by any means necessary.
Fans of the first book, Wither, will definitely want to read this worthy follow-up. Like the first book, this is best for mature teens. While this is technically "clean," it deals with mature issues.