Monday, May 30, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

By: Laren DeStefano
Source: Purchased E-book
Released: March 22, 2011
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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." (Summary from

Lauren DeStefano's Wither takes place in a dystopian future where women live to the age of twenty and men live to the age of twenty-five. Sixteen year old Rhine is kidnapped along with many other girls and forced into a polygamous marriage as a way to keep the population growing. Rhine is brought to live in a mansion with her husband and her sister wives where she can have anything she wants except her freedom. At the mansion, Rhine finds herself developing a unique bond with her sister wives and her husband begins to truly fall in love with her. However, Rhine is desperate to escape in order to get back to her twin brother.

Wither is a creepy and unique take on a dystopian future. DeStefano vividly creates a dark world with memorable characters that you can't help but grow an attachment to. Rhine not only knows exactly when she will die but she is unwillingly trapped in a marriage. This book captures your attention from the first sentence and holds it until the last sentence.

Rhine is a strong and brave character who will stop at nothing to escape no matter how dangerous it will be. Although each of the wives are different from one another they still share a special bond of trust as they are thrown into a world of luxury, parties, and babies. It is hard to believe that Wither is DeStefano's debut book as she excellently handles a topic such as polygamy. I highly recommend Wither and I am going to be looking forward to the next installment in this trilogy.  

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  1. What was your favorite part in the book? I loved how complex each character was... And I agree with you about her handling polygamy well. Ahhh, I can't wait until July for Fever's cover to be revealed. Bound to be as gorgeous as Wither's.

  2. It is hard for me to choose just one part of the book but I really enjoyed the beginning the most and when she met Rose. Although I loved the scenes when Rhine would go and sit in the kitchen with the staff as well as the scene when she went to the first party with Linden. What about you?
    Also I can not wait to see the cover for Fever too, I love Wither's cover it is so gorgeous.


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