Wither [Review]

Posted January 5, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on March 22nd 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 358
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars
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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?

Title: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 358
Published By: Simon & Schuster BFYR on March 22, 2011
Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile, 2015 Reading Challenge

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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?
(Goodreads)

Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.

I always knew I was an excellent liar; I just didn’t know that I had it in me to fool myself.

I’ll tell you something about true love. There’s no science to it. It’s as natural as the sky.

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

Tell freedom I said hello.

I have been dying to read this book ever since it came out and now that I have all I really have to say is…

It’s okay. The book itself kept me reading, so there is that. But I just didn’t connect with it like I had hoped I would. The main “love interest” for Rhine is this servant boy Gabriel but I just didn’t understand that one at all. Her husband is Linden and I actually quite liked him. We at least got to know Linden and see that he is basically a hostage in his own house without even knowing it, but Gabriel wasn’t that big of a character. Gabriel and Rhine had a few interactions and then they kissed and it was like that was it, that sealed the deal for them.

I really liked Jenna as a character and I like that she did things to help Rhine out. I felt bad for Cecily who really didn’t know any better and who is practically a child still. And I liked Rhine for the most part, up until the very ending. I mean I still like her. But I just don’t know what she’s going to do after this book.

I will continue to read this series (at least the second book) because I am very curious to see if we will see the same characters as we did in the first, but if the second book is only okay or worse, I’ll stop with this series.

I will also continue to read Lauren DeStefano’s books because I’m also very interested in her Internment Chronicles series. But am I the only one who felt this way about Wither?

 

Let’s talk about it!
Did you read Wither? Or any other of Lauren’s books? What did you think of them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

 

three-stars
Stephanie
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2 responses to “Wither [Review]

  1. Debbie

    The synopsis of this had me very intrigued but after read your review I kind of feel… let down I guess. Hearing how things played out is not how I was expecting them to and it is disappointing. I think I’ll pass on this one.

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