Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Morbid but not horrible. I found that there were parts of this book I really fell in love with and other parts I was just sitting there going “huh” to. I tried to get into the whole world, but you know I’m sick of all these dystopian books saying that the only country to survive is north america. That’s making me want to tear my hair out.

On the plus side, I’m finding that her writing style is awesome, her descriptions are flawless, and the similies are amazing.

“And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling leaves.”

All in all, this book was a like, it was hard to put down, I did finish it in a day, and it didn’t take me that long to get through. Others might identify with the characters and the plot and the setting more than I did, mansions don’t make good prisons in my mind, but I do get it, it’s the idea that something beautiful and lavish can be bad, but I guess I wanted more defiance out of Rhine, and I also wanted her to tell certain people more about herself and how she got there. I think the plot could have gone in an entirely different direction if that had happened, and so being able to see it so blatantly, just annoys me. The track Lauren went on wasn’t a bad track either, a little somber, and I’m happy that there’s a love story in it, even if it was very green in this novel, but that’s just how it is in some books.

I give this one a solid 3 out of 5.

Namaste,
Rhi