Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano
Details: Hardcover, 358 pages
Published: March 22nd 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Source: I bought it.
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Summary: 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?
Review: I had pretty high expectations for this book and I can’t tell if I feel like I’ve been let down or not. I really liked Wither a lot but not as much as I thought I would.
Wither is such an interesting and unique story and has great characters. I really liked the main character, Rhine, but I think Jenna was my favourite. I connected with her the most for some reason. Wither is well written, it’s easy to read and just pulls you right in for the first page.
I’m not exactly sure why I’m giving this book only four stars instead of five. I just didn’t love it and I can’t figure out why that is. I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like about it but it just didn’t make me feel like screaming I love this book and telling everyone that they need to read it right away.
I will definitely be reading book two, Fever as soon as possible. I will also be recommending this book to everyone I know. I just wont be telling them to drop everything to read it. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. It is a great book. I think maybe the problem was I heard people raving about it and had higher hopes for it than I thought I did.
My Rating: 4 stars