This was such a beautiful, yet horrific book. Rhine was the ideal main character. She was extremely courageous to be able to endure what she had to go through. Rhine didn't just sit around and mope about how sorry her life was, similar to her sisterwive Jenna. No, she didn't let herself give in the the idea that this is what her life would be from now on and that there was nothing she could do about it. She WORKED for her freedom. She put on a show, making everyone believe she was okay with this new way of life while in reality, she was working on a way out.
Naturally, there was a love triangle. Now I know lots of people are sick of them, but I believe this wasn't like any other love triangle. Linden and Gabriel both love Rhine. But Rhine only loves Gabriel--so it seems. I personally preferred Gabriel. Not because I thought Linden was a jerk, because he really wasn't. At first, I was inclined to hate Linden. Who wouldn't hate a man who kidnapped young girls, made them travel in a fashion similar to those of the Holocaust victims, practiced polygamy and got girls pregnant at 13? But as it turns out, he really didn't know about the kidnapping and such. Now, I still didn't like the whole multiple wives, and pregnancy thing, but what can you do? He treated his wives gently, and I feel as though he did feel SOMETHING for them. It was his father who was the problem. So desperate to find a cure for the disease (it made women die at age 20 and men at 25), he did anything he could. Even experimenting on Linden's wives. Which I believe was the reason he had so many. I was quite happy when Rhine and Gabriel got away at the end, and am looking forward to the next installment of the Chemical Garden :)