Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wither - Lauren DeStefano

Publisher:  Simon and Schuster
Pages:  358
Source:  Review Copy from publisher, (March 22, 2011)
Genre:  Young Adult Dystopian

From the Author's website:
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 limted time she has left.

My thoughts:
I was hooked from the very minute I started reading this book.  I asked myself all the way through if I would handle the situation the way each of the girls handled it or would I just give up?  The story has a wonderful villain in the form of Housemaster Vaughn, Linden's father.  I hated him from the beginning.  I thought of all the vile things that should befall a man like him.  In case you haven't figured it out the characters are so well developed you felt as if you were one of them.  I like stories like this.  I am very pleased that this is the first in a trilogy and so I have more to look forward to from this author.  After all this is her debut novel.  


  1. I can't wait to read this book! Great review!

  2. It was great and I can't wait for the next one in the series.