Sunday, November 27, 2011

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
First in The Chemical Garden Trilogy

Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive.


The world that this book is set in is like nothing I`ve read before in it men and women live sad, short lives and only live to their 20s before a virus kills them. Young girls are taken from their families and put in polygamous marriages to have children to try to find a cure and populate the dying world. I thought that the plot was amazing and original. I loved Rhine the main character and feel bad for Linden even thought he does have three wives and a baby with thirteen year old. Ew. Lauren DeStefano does a very good job making sure you hate the people you`re supposed to hate and feel sorry for the people you`re supposed to feel sorry for. And the mansion reminded me of The Secret Garden which I loved. It is a little graphic so be warned if you`re picky about that kind of stuff but I recommend you read this is you like dystopian genre or Sister Wives haha ;). I can`t wait for the sequel Fever to come out in February.
5/5 stars.

-Marissa <3

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