Monday, January 14, 2013

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Wither
Author: Lauren Destefano
Pages: 358
Rating: 4/5 stars

"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?"

This book left me with a serious craving for these fictional June Beans. I bought a whole bag of jolly ranchers but they aren't seeming to cut it. 

With the exception of Rhine's self conflicts and temporary blips of stupidity, I enjoyed myself. This book isn't quite like anything I have read before. The plot is fantastic and has infinite possibilities of success. It was more about sisterhood and trauma than it was romance which is the thing that is most admirable. There were incredible descriptions and concepts. The language and details and fashion and food are all beautiful. The tragedy is beautiful. The holograms and the whole mansion is beautiful. And the mansion was like a paradise with a lurking hell. Everything you could ever ask for yet nothing at all. It makes you think about freedom and how it is taken for granted. This book is full of illusions and social status and oppression. Candy that turns your mouth different colors, champagne, graphic scenes, flowers and atlases. This book is detail. 

Favorite Character: Rhine

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