The authorLauren DeStefano was born in New Haven, Connecticut. She received a BA in English from Albertus Magnus College, and has been writing since childhood. For more information about Lauren DeStefano visit http://www.laurendestefano.com/The synopsisRhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but they’re still in danger. Outside, they find a world even more disquieting than the one they left behind. Determined to get to Manhattan and to find Rhine’s twin brother Rowan, the two press forward, amidst threats of being captured again . . . or worse.The road they are on is long and perilous-and in a world where young women only live to age 20 and men die at age 25, time is precious. In this sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price-now that she has more to lose than ever. (http://thechemicalgardenbooks.com/wither/?page_id=102)The reviewI must be spoiled. The last few series I read actually have a very strong sequel which is always the question with series. Unfortunately The Chemical Garden's second book is far away from the level of the first book and that surprised and disappointed me. There are a bunch of new characters introduced. Though some of them are very interesting like Lilac, Silas, Claire and even Maddie they don't seem to be a part of the story, like they are not that important. It feels like Rhine is on a mission and even Gabriel has to be punished for it. There where so many more possibilities there and I felt I missed out on them. Specially Gabriel deserved a bit of extra love after all he has done for Rhine. Second the storyline. A lot happens in this book but it is 100 pages shorter than Wither. I felt rushed and overwhelmed and this did not settle until 75% of the book when the pace finally settled down. Still I find this series one of the more interesting dystopian stories out there cause I can feel the situation which is described can really happen at some point. I just hope this book is meant to be a bridge between the first and third book to get all the people in the right place.