Friday, December 9, 2011

Wither-Lauren DeStefano

 “Eventually I realize that I am holding on to him just as tightly as he holds on to me. And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling autumn leaves.”
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Date Released:September 27th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 

Pages: 358 pages
Date Read: October18th 2011
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought from Amazon Goodreads Sypnosis:
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a
lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.
When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?
Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom
My Review:

Wither was a heart-pounding, amazing dysoptian debut! It's probably one of my favorite dysoptain novels of 2011 since every second of this book made my world! Look at that cover *points at cover* beautiful! One of the most beautifully crafted covers I saw and I can't stop looking at it. This book has everything for a perfect dysoptian: creepy elegance, gripping characters that you never want to leave, edgy with a real,unique voice.

Wither starts immediately. Right from page one you already know you will love everything about it. 16-year old Rhine Eldery is taken by the Gatherers, to be forced into marriages with a husband having two to how many wives they could afford? Kinda creepy...just saying^^ In her society, a deadly virus caused all people to live a certain age. For men its 25, and for women it's 20. Forced marriages are a must, so that the population doesn't die out.

Rhine is taken to a endless, trapped house were her husband Linden cares for his wives, but all Rhine wants is to go home, keeping her motivated to run away, even with a attractive servant boy, Gabriel. During her whole time trapped, she discovers Linden's father close to finding a cure for the virus, but that means experimenting on Linden's dead wives to get his hands on a cure. For Rhine freedom seems to far away...

Really try Wither! Even with dysoptian, post-apocalyptic coming in the YA genre, Wither is a must-read. I mean read it! Just read it!! :D

Did you watch the book trailer for it? Well if you haven't here it is:

“You've been captive for so long that you don't even realize you want freedom anymore.”


  1. I also loved this book! You are one of the first bloggers I have found who is as old as I am. Awesome! C:

    xo Mar


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