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Wither by Lauren Destefano
Cover artist: Lizzy Bromley
Series: The Chemical Garden Trilogy
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction/YA
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Publication date: March 22, 2011
Media type: Print (Hardback)
Followed in the series by: Fever
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. (GoodReads)
I must say, Wither is a GREAT book. It is completely unlike any other YA novel out there, definitely nothing short of original. I admit I was expecting more action from this novel, although I had just finished Divergent and my heart was pumping non stop. Before even reading the synopsis I knew I wanted this book! Why? Well, the cover of course! I have never liked a cover quite as much I think. It seems to have been pulled straight out of Vanity Fair Magazine! What a dreamy cover!
No, Wither isn’t an action packed novel. It’s a constant struggle between Rhine’s need for freedom and her conscience. Lauren DeStefano does a great job at making her readers feel just as confused between the dream of freedom and lure of comfort and wealth. Rhine is a protagonist I was able to connect with. I felt that her inner dialogue was realistic and made me think of what I would have done had I been in her shoes. And honestly? I don’t know!
And the world DeStefano created! OH MY… I do not know where to begin… By the first page I was overcome with chills. The certainty of knowing the exact time of your death is gripping. Almost nauseating. And you are reminded of that reality throughout the entire book!
Now if you are a god fearing christian I do not recommend this novel for you as it deals with very taboo subjects such as polygamy.
Anyhow, I give this Book one hell of a well deserved 4.5 out of 5 super shiny stars!
Must read: YES
Must Own: YES
Now that I finished Wither, I don’t know what book to read next!
Help me decide?
Here is the deal with Divergent by Veronica Roth:
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance. (Goodreads)
What I thought!
You know when you watch an action or horror movie and the sound of your heart pumping blood back and forth fills your ears and you have to put up the volume because you can’t hear the movie anymore?
Well, I wish the book had a volume button!
Divergent is a novel written by Veronica Roth, a student in her early twenties. I didn’t how young she was until I googled her halfway through the book.
All in all, this author know how to play with your emotions!
I have read many reviews saying how this isn’t really a dystopian novel and blah blah blah….
I only have good things to say from this novel.
I LOVE how Tris becomes kick ass and releases her real self. The relationship between her and Four was the most realistic feeling I have ever read in ANY novel before. COMPLETELY believable! The story was heart pumping, brought tears to my eyes and made me chuckle at times.
I will consider this Novel a MUST READ! If you haven’t read it yet you absolutely must!