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Monday, April 18

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

  March 22nd 2011, Simon and Schuster
356 pgs., Hardback
Library Copy
First in the Chemical Garden Series
Young Adult Fiction

From Goodreads:

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 limited time she has left.


This book is dark and emotional, but oh so good. It starts out in what can be best described as the holocaust way of transportation. Moving in a vehicle and when they reach their destination if they are chosen they are shot.

Rhine who has not been sparred a great amount of pain and grief throughout her life holds onto one hope. To be reunited with her brother, but she is trapped within the land of illusions. Holograms make up much of their existence from swimming with sharks to houses complete with a family inside.

She grows to love all of her sister wives and when one is endangered she puts her own freedom on hold to protect them. While she has fallen for her sisters she’s equally in danger of not only falling for Gabriel, but her husband as well.

During a hurricane she attempts her first escape and is badly injured for it. Will she ever get her freedom?

Wither is a hauntingly good book and I’m looking forward to the next. It can be slow at times, but the emotional toll this book will take from you is worth it all the way.

Rating: 4/5


  1. Oh! I loved this one, the characters were so complex and I was interested past the last page. Thanks for the review.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. It's definitely an interesting concept for a book! Very intruiging.

  3. Wither was just so emotional! I just loved it so much and glad to see that you enjoyed it too! Now I can't wait for the next book :)

  4. Enjoyed this book a lot! Rhine takes us on a crazy roller coaster ride. I have a feeling the sequel will be even better :)