Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)
by Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Published: March 22nd 2011
What if you knew exactly when you would die?
Rhine Ellery is 16 and she only has four years to live.
A blotched attempt to create the perfect human race means that men die at 25, and women die at 20. Young girls are been abducted and forced into polygamous marriages in a desperate bid to keep humanity ahead of the disease that threatens to eradicate it.
When Rhine is kidnapped, she is sold as a bride to Linden, a rich young man with a dying wife. Even though he is kind to her, Rhine is desperate to escape her gilded cage-and Linden's cruel father. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in what little time she has left.
Wither is a great story but in my opinion i think its too slow of progress. To my disappointment Wither was not what i was hoping for. The plot was slow and boring. From the first sentence in the book i was hooked but after awhile i started to feel disappointment. The runaway part is only at the end of the story, even though, it is to hook the readers.
However, on the plus side, I loved the beginning its hooking. I also love the virus; it sounds real. The virus happened because people wanted to get rid of cancer and now that they have there is a consequence. Now, men live to the age of 25 and women at 20. Rhine is 16 and she has been kidnapped to be sold as a bride, with other girls. The only ones who survive are Jenna and Cecily.
Gabriele is not a boy you would go for and, neither is Lenden. Gabriele is ordinary and not like boys authors for YA chose. Not big and handsome, not drooling or swooning over. However, he's cute and normal. Just like any other boy surrounding you. This is what i liked about Wither; there was a realistic idea that you could find someone like Gabriele. Another thought about Wither is that Rhile sounds like she is actually falling for Lenden, rather than Gabriele.
All the characters in this book is realistic. Rose, the dying wife of Lenden is brave:; she's dying because of the virus. Jenna, the other wife of Lenden that came with Rhile is a brave woman as well. Cecily, is the other wife of Lenden who also arrived with Rhile; She's childish and young, but she likes Lenden the best. Gabrielle is normal, cute and sweet. Lenden is kind and caring, but doesn't know anything about what his dad (Vaughn) does. Vaughn's character is deadly and every time he's described in the book my hair stands on the back of my neck. What he does is sick.
Wither was not what i was hoping for, but i loved the originality in this book. Lauren is a great author and i would love to read the next book-Fever!
Pleas, sir, can i have some more?
About the author:
Lauren DeStefano (pronounced: de STEFF ano) graduated Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT in 2007. Her debut novel, WITHER, the first in The Chemical Garden Trilogy, published by Simon & Schuster BFYR, is out now.
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