Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Apr 21, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pub. Date:  March 22nd 2011
ISBN: 1442409053
Pages: 356 pages
From Goodreads.com:
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.
The cover of Wither is absolutely stunning and thankfully the book itself did not disappoint. Lauren DeStefano is a wonderful new author and you don't want to miss this one.

From the moment I picked up the book I was pulled in. Following Rhine around in her new found life is interesting. It's a bit hard to explain why though, but just know that there are very few "dry" spots.


The world created in this book is so realistic, it's scary. Throughout the whole book I couldn't help thinking that this could actually happen, this could be our world some day. Lauren DeStefano's writing pulls you in and is so incredibly detailed. 

It's scary how much of myself I saw in Rhine. Why is it scary? Like i said above it is so realistically possible that our world may end up like this and knowing that if I was Rhine, I only had until 20 years of age to live. Linden was absolutely despicable at first, but I found myself... sympathizing for him. Housemaster Vaughn was so incredibly creepy, well you'll see.

Overall this book was so good. It's hard to put into words what I really liked about this book, so I hope that you pick it up to see for yourself. I cannot wait to see what Lauren DeStefano has in store for the rest of the trilogy. 

Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 stars

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