DNF: Fever

by Lauren DeStefano
Genre: Sci-fi/Post-Apocalyptic
Themes: Escape, Prostitution, Drugs, Genetic Deformities

This is my first “Did Not Finish” (DNF) post.  I will not be finishing this book for the following reasons:

  1. I do not care about any of the characters. Supposedly Rhine is special, but I don’t see it.
  2. The challenges faced by the main character are solved too conveniently and with little effort on the main character’s part.
  3. The whole premise of the book is not plausible. Or at least, I don’t buy it. Six out of seven continents being destroyed? People dying at precise ages due to their genetic code? Absolutely no safety for women anywhere?
  4. The pacing is slow. Rhine keeps escaping to nowhere. No plans. No purpose.

I have a huge stack of books to read, and can’t stick with this bleak and violent premise to find out what happens to characters I feel nothing for.  I very rarely don’t finish a book that I both purchased and read the first 150 pages, but I literally could not force myself to pick up this book all weekend.