Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Wither (Chemical Garden #1) - Lauren DeStefano


Whats this, another YA dystopian novel?!
Are these things breeding below the floorboards these days? You can't seem to turn anywhere without another new YA dystopian novel creeping up on you, and I love it!!

Wither is set in a world where messing around with genetics has caused a devastating effect on the human race. Men only live to age 25 and women to the age of 20. Due to this many young girls are kidnapped and forced into marriages to bear children before they die.

This book follows the story of Rhine a 16 year old girl who has been kidnapped for just that very thing.
In a confusing world where almost everything is handed to Rhine on a silver platter, everything except freedom that is. She finds herself having to gain the trust of her husband in order just to get a glimpse of the outside world, gain more freedom and eventually run away, with an threatening father in law breathing down her neck almost everyday.

I cannot praise this book enough!
It was such a great story line, the characters were well developed and the surroundings well described. As I was reading this book, I felt like I was there right beside Rhine, willing her to freedom!
The ending of the book left me with more questions than answers, but I feel for this book it works well. I am really looking forward to reading the follow up to this book, Fever.


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