Sunday, June 5, 2011

Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

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

I saw the book preview for this book about two months before it came out and told myself that I was going to get that book. I did and it was really good. I read the book in about fifteen hours and cried when I finished it because the next book comes out in 2012!

Wither takes place in the future where every living human that wasn't born in the 21st century had their life cut extremely short. It would have been creepy if the book wasn't written so well. There was never a boring moment which never let you put the book down!

The characters in this book were FANTASTIC! All of them had distinct, well formed personalities. I love Rhine and her persistence to escape. I am in love with Gabriel. Yes, I am in love with a fictional character. Rose made me laugh and cry as well as Jenna. Headmaster Vaughen scares me to death and Linden is oblivious to life.

I give this book an A++

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