Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden #1)

Publication date: March 22, 2011 (Simon & Schuster)

Lauren DeStefano’s debut novel, Wither, is the first in a trilogy of novels set in our future where, due to a genetic glitch, male and female are barely living to see their twenties. In order to keep the population from dying out completely, young women are being scooped up and forced to live polygamous lifestyles.
Her only concern being to escape her new mansion of a home and return to her twin brother, Rhine carefully plans her and a servants exit with the help of her sister wives while her father-in-law tries desperately to form a cure for “the virus” in his creepy basement.
With its beautiful cover and adamant main character, Wither was everything I expected it to be. The pace was slow enough for the reader to comprehend what was going on yet swift enough to keep you interested. I would have to say the ending was the only disappointment, and not just because part of me wanted Rhine to stay and look after her naive husband. While her previous attempt at escape had failed, and her escape was imminent, it seemed too easy. 

I’m truly curious to see what awaits her beyond the orange groves in the next installment as she and her new love interest sail homeward.

“Tell freedom I said hello.”

(4 out of 5)

- Tabbyc

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