Discussion: Fever by Lauren DeStefano
This post is part of the Catch Wither Fever Read-Along event hosted by myself and Jessie at The Daily Bookmark.
I just finished Fever and as I read I always jot down notes. While I read Wither, I came up with a couple of different discussion questions as I was reading. But with Fever, I only came up with one as I was reading. But if you have any other discussion questions that you want me to post, leave me a comment and I’ll add it to the discussion! Or you can write your own discussion post and leave a link in the comments!
Spoiler Warning: This discussion has spoilers for those who haven’t read Wither. It also may have spoilers for those who haven’t finished Fever.
Discussion Topic #1: Why Does the Caged Bird Sing?
I’ll admit, I’ve never read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, nor have I ever really thought that I understood that concept. But I think the title kind of fits for this discussion topic.
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped from the mansion in Fever, yet things aren’t all butterflies and rainbows for them. On pages 133-134, there’s a great analogy where Rhine is thinking about Gabriel and how he is reacting to his new-found freedom. Rhine remembers a time when she had a fish and she cleaned out its tank, and when she dumped the fish into the new water, the fish promptly died. Her brother explained that she should have slowly acclimated the fish into the new water. “I’d killed it with shock” (page 133).
Rhine goes on to compare this to Gabriel. “I took him from the mansion, a virtual terrarium where Vaughn controlled everything but the weather, and I dumped him into a world of murderers and thieves and empty shells of people, with nothing for him but the promise of a freedom he didn’t even want before he met me” (page 134).
I know a lot of the participants in this read-along have wondered why Rhine was so eager to escape the mansion in the first place. The world that she lived in with her brother was gritty, grimy, rat-infested and unsafe. She was constantly having to hide so that she wouldn’t be snatched up by one of the Gatherers. But she did have her freedom, and she had her brother.
So my big question here is: Do you think that being free from the mansion is really better for Rhine? For Gabriel? They have their freedom, but at what price?
Let’s get a discussion going! And since I have a spoiler warning on this post, don’t worry about leaving spoilers in the comments! (I personally hate spoilers, but it’s really hard to have a discussion post, especially one about the 2nd book in a series, without spoilers!)