Review: Wither

Wither By Lauren DeStefano
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
March 28, 2012
Gave it a 4/5 feathers.I was attracted to the story & the perspective of a unique dystopian society.Once I got was slow for about the first few chapters.But once they take her everything picks up & I couldn't stop reading. The whole idea of sister wives in a YA novel was new to me. I seemed risky on DeStefano's part but it was a well taken risk.I loved this book!It did not let me down as others have.
There World:This is a dystopian world almost like a more futurist version of Victorian England. The whole idea that females only live up to 20 & males up to 25, was scary. Yet adding it made it even more dramatic & awesome. I sure wouldn't want to be "kidnapped and sold as a polygamous bride to bear more children". chills).
The Sister Wives:Cecily & Jenna.I like that DeStefano put so much detail in creating each of the sister wives & developing each one so differently.So when one of them passes away(sorry can't tell) you don't feel like "yay" no more competition for their husbands affection but you feel grief & sadness(I actually cried)that a great character was taken.The competition to be the "show wife" was a very interesting concept.
Rhine & Drama:I love the idea that Rhine was both a rebel & and a survivalist in her own way. She tried to escape various times from her new home. Shes conflicted because she wants to go find her twin brother & staying there there to help the others try to escape.She tries to hate Linden but in the end she kind of understands him & likes him but doesn't love him even though he's her husband. She does fall for Gabriel,their servant,who loves the water but has never seen it personally.There connection & romance is so pure, tortured & captivating that you just want them to be together so bad.
The Ending:It was well though out & I liked it a lot. Was so happy she finally left & with Gabriel & on a boat!So perfect.
"It was a UNIQUE TWIST to the way DYSTOPIAN has normally been portrayed." -me

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