Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Date Published: March 22, 2011
Genre(s): YA,Science Fiction > Dystopia
Pages: 358
My Rating:

They thought they had made a super race,.... finally a healthy generation with no cancer or sickness and long life spans, but something went horribly wrong. Their children experienced a genetic mutation that left women only living to age 20 and men age 25. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, and mated in polygamous marriages with rich men eager to procreate. Rhine Ellery lives with her brother and they work hard to make a living in the wake of their parents death. While answering a fake job ad, Rhine becomes victim to this breeding farm mentality and is kidnapped and sold to a rich young man and forced to inter into a marriage with him and two sister wives. Even though her new husband seems kind and her sister wives are growing on her she never stops thinking about her brother or her freedom. It doesn't take long for her to realize that her father-in-law has evil plans for all of them, and she must escape at any cost.

It has been a long time since I read something that grabbed my attention from the first page! Most books take me a few chapters to get into but Wither had me wondering how these poor girls survive in a world where they die at 20, and are mainly used for breeding for their entire short life. Some of the reviews are not as enthusiastic about this book as I am, but I think it’s because the book is so different. It’s not action packed, and no one is kicking anyone’s evil ass, but its bittersweet and truly charming the whole way through. The book is set in the future but it also has remnants of the past with Victorian mansions and clothing. The book creates a beautiful yet sad world were people just want to make the most of the time they have left. It makes you think about whats important in life and ask an intriguing question, "Should people really get to live longer, when we are so cruel?"

I would recommend this book to readers of Young Adult novels with a Dystopia feel mixed in. If you like this, I would check out XVI (XVI #1) by Julia Karr.


Lorrianna said...

That book sound really good. Its now on my To-Read list! Thanks for the awesome review

JessicaRaexox said...

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Jessi @ Auntie Spinelli Reads

Mel - Thedailyprophecy. said...

I really liked this book. There was not so much action in it and like you said: not really an evil one to blame, but there was a certain tension in it :) I'm looking forward to read the next book and I liked your review.