Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Hardcover: 368 Pages
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 she trusts, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.
Wither will keep you at the edge of your seat (or bed in my case)! Lauren DeStefano has written a beautiful and enticing novel! Everything about Wither was interesting, captivating, and leaves you speechless from wanting more!
In this society, men can live up to the age of 25, meanwhile women will live up to the age of 20. Rhine, age 16, was kidnapped, sold, and was about to marry a man named Linden. Linden, a man sheltered by his father, Housemaster Vaughn, knew little of why and how he wed three wives. His three wives are Cecily, Rhine, and Jenna.
Cecily, age 13, was from an orphanage and was eager to marry into a rich family; Rhine, age 16, kidnapped and sold to marry; Jenna, age 18, was also kidnapped and sold to marry.
I really enjoyed Rhine’s character because all she wanted after marrying Linden was to run away and she will fight for what she wants. She is a very sweet, brave, and determined girl. During her marriage, she lightens up Linden’s days to make him merrier. Something about Rhine gives me a sense of happiness and something to live for. I wanted to see more of her relationship with Linden. Rhine and her sister wives grew from strangers to sisters. I like how they all can get along despite from where they came from, how they became one Linden’s wives, and their marriage with Linden. I don’t think I would survive in a polygamous marriage because I would be come very jealous and I wouldn’t want to share my husband with any other woman.
I feel kind of sorry for Linden because he doesn’t know much about where his wives came from and that he was so sheltered by his father that his father can be manipulative.
I really enjoyed this dystopian novel. It also gave me a sense of a historical feeling because of the polygamous marriage between Linden and his three wives. The plot was original. I have not read something similar to Wither. The characters were interesting with unique names.
Wither is a strong, unique, and fascinating debut! Beautifully written! The characters and the story itself will blow you away! A must-read!
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