Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wither: Lauren Destefano



  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1 edition (March 22, 2011)


What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.

My Review

  Wither I loved your beautiful words and the manipulation you had on my emotions. The depths you reached and the sorrow I felt from the words written.

  Wither had great potential, a grasping first page that sucked you into a weaving tale of lies deception and beauty that had been so fantastic. Rhine, Cecily and Jenna are sisters wives. A disturbing thought the name sister wives, which means they are all married to the same man. Rhine 's character rang true through the book. All the characters had unique voices that had settled in the right place. Even though Gabriel didn't play such a huge part in the book you really felt his presence. All the characters were amazing!

    I quickly fell into the pages and the depths of the emotions that splashed the pages I could feel a climax of a great ending coming with the turning of each page. I couldn't wait to see how Wither would play out.  I did find out this is going to be part of The Chemical Garden Trilogy I can only pray in the next to the trilogy there will be answers.  So you are probably wondering if I would recommend this, Yes I would....I wanted so much more. I was expecting answers and reactions from these characters at the end So I am glad there will be more.  I do plan on reading the next in this series.

I have one last comment and it's about the cover. Doesn't the girl look like a young Mandy Moore?

You can find out more about Lauren Destefano here



Shannon O'Donnell said...

I really, really, really want to read that one! And I love the cover. :-)

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

What an interesting dystopian take. I'm in! and yes, I see the Mandy Moore resemblance.

Midnight Bloom said...

I loved Wither as well. Lauren DeStefano does a fabulous job creating an all too dark world I hope never to see. Rhine was a great lead with a strong head on her shoulders. :)

Blodeuedd said...

I am happy to hear it's good because I have sure had my eye on this dystopian tale

Jenny N. said...

Yes she does look like Mandy Moore and thanks for the review, I'm planning to read this soon.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Yep... have this one on my tbr, so thanks for the review. I need to get to it shortly!

ComaCalm said...

I loved this book too! Great review! ^^

TheBookGirl said...

This isn't really my type of book, but I am glad to see that you enjoyed it. I hope that the next in the series lives up to this one for you, and that you get those answers :)

BrittLit said...

She totally does look like a young Mandy Moore. I'm glad you liked this one, I've been anxious to read it. Great review.

jackie b central texas said...

This is so my kind of book, have seen Wither now for awhile on peoples wish list and a few reviews but did not read them... I am happy to find out from you that this is the start of a Trilogy... I have enough book series that go on and on forever Liz so nice to know that this one will end at 3....