Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

imageTitle: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Format Read: 
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: March 22nd 2011
Formats Available:  hardcover, paperback, kindle, ebook
Number of pages: 358



Book Blurb:

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

My Thoughts:

I had my sights on this book for awhile. The first time I read the summary it totally blow me away. It’s completely different from everything that I’ve so far and I some way is disturbing, but so interesting.
When Rhine was kidnapped I started to really feel sorry for her. She lost her parents and in the end couldn’t get in touch with her twin brother. After I realized that she was supposed to marry a rich man, OMG, things started to really freak me out.
The author kept the story well paced and I didn’t even felt the time passing, but when I was nearing the end I realized that Rhine spend an hole year kidnapped.
Linden is cross to me, some moments I believed in his love for Rhine and others just kept me thinking that he was playing her and still don’t know how I feel about him. But his father I definily hate. I understand that science needs some tests, but he treats everybody as nothing and that made me hate him.
Can’t wait for Fever, because this one was like one taste of a perfect desert.

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Books in this Series:

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)