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Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Series: Chemical Garden #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: March 22, 2011
eBook: 356 pages
Source: Publisher (Pulse It)

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 Opinion:

I've seen Wither reviews/opinions almost everywhere lately. At first I wasn't so sure about picking up a book that has been hyped about because I really didn't want to be disappointed, (Like mentioned in the latest Top Ten Tuesday List) but this book was not the case in anyway. This was one of those books that I don't want to put down and all I want to do is read. If I had to describe this book in only one word, the first word would be flawless!

The future that Lauren DeStefano made is horrifying and dangerous, yet captivating. The detail about the setting is amazing and effortless that I don't feel like I'm sitting through paragraphs of detail. Lauren also blended the past and the present in the most fluid way.

What made me love the story even more were the defined characters. Rhine has to be my favorite character because she is so passionate with the such raw emotions. She shows so much love for her twin brother and her sister wives.

Wither has made its way into my favorite books shelf. I could read this book over and over again, which isn't something I'd do. A lot of praise for Lauren DeStefano and her stunning book. Now I'm off to find out when the second book will come out!

If you haven't read Wither because you're unsure of it go read it anyway! You won't regret it. If you haven't read Wither but have heard of it, go towards a book store, library, etc. as soon as possible.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


  1. I agree. I LOVED the cover, but was initially unsure of the idea. But I LOVED it. Great book. So dark and grim, but so good!! I'm glad you enjoyed it, too!

  2. Omigosh yah, it's such a captivating book, isn't it? The characters were amazing, the setting was so spooky and gothic... just a REALLY great read over all.


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