Wither by Lauren DeStefano Published: March 22, 2011 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Pages: 384 Series: The Chemical Garden #1 My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Synopsis: By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. A botched
effort to create a perfect race has left all males born with a lifespan
of 25 years, and females a lifespan of 20 years--leaving the world in a
state of panic. Geneticists seek 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 sold as a bride, she vows
to do all she can to escape. Yet 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 has no way to communicate
to her twin brother that she is safe and alive.
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:I don't know what to think of this book. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it so it got a solid two stars. I
thought Rhine was whiny and sort of annoying. She would constantly
complain about being locked up in a mansion and about how everything
there was handed to her on a silver platter except for freedom. I get
that she wants the freedom but I don't need to hear about how bad you
have it when you really don't have it that bad. Look at Jenna and Cecily they
have it bad. Jenna dies in that mansion of horrors and Cecily gets
pregnant and she's only 13! That's just sick and wrong especially
because Linden is 21. I have no desire to read about that but for some
reason I did. To add to that I didn't really even like Cecily I just
pitied her. I don't even know what to think about Linden. I hate him
but at the same time I pity him too. He's as blind as Cecily about
Vaughn's House of Horrors. He's also an inconsistent character
throughout the book. One moment he acts this way and the next moment he
acts completely different. At some points I thought he was a completely
different character. I think the author might have been trying to show
that he was different around Rhine but it just didn't work. I
absolutely despise Vaughn. He was my least favorite characters and
normally I like the "villain" of the story but I couldn't. He was just
sick. Words can't begin to describe my feelings toward Vaughn and none
of them are good. Then there's Gabriel and of course Rhine has to
fall in love with him because that never happens in Young Adult books.
And guess what! She runs away with him...shocker. That may sound like I
don't like Gabriel but he's actually my favorite character.
I doubt I'll be reading the next book in the series but you never know.