With time ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed, and she takes refuge in his dilapidated house. However, the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.
Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and on the past her parents never had the chance to explain.
In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.
- Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers |
- 384 pages |
- ISBN 9781442409132 |
- February 2013 |
- Grades 9 and up
Reading Group Guide
By Lauren DeStefano
1. To what extent would you go to save a loved one?
2. What does the title of the final book in DeStefano’s Chemical Garden Trilogy suggest about the plot?
1. When the story opens, Rhine is in the hospital and is being visited by her husband, Linden, and her sister wife, Cecily. Why is she in the hospital?
2. Who is Reed and why does Linden suggest Rhine stay with him for a while?
3. Compare and contrast Cecily’s relationship with Linden and Rhine’s relationship with him. Would you say, or do you think, that Rhine is jealous of Cecily?
4. Is Cecily a good mother? Why or why not? Support your answer with evidence from the text.
5. Describe Reed’s house and the mood the description evokes in the reader. Identify words in the story that the writer uses to create this mood.
6. How does Reed’s house contrast with Vaughn’s house? How does this contrast contribute to the mood?
7. What role does Reed’s airplane play in the story?
8. Why does Vaughn come for Cecily? What power does Vaughn hold over her?
9. Why do Linden and Rhine rush Cecily to the hospital? How does the author create tension in this scene? Identify passages and/or dialogue tha see more