June 21, 2011


I've been seeing Wither by Lauren Destefano everywhere! And I have been meaning to buy it since it came out but didn't until last Friday. Before I start the review let's take 10 seconds to admire the cover.... Okay, on with the review.

Summary: 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.

Okay, where to begin? This book was amazing! From cover to cover. Rhine was very sweet, and didn't take it out on people whom she knew had no control of the situation. I think my favorite part of the book was probably Rhine's relationship with her sister wives. She was very motherly to them throughout the book. And also, the villains were so well developed. Destefano really made you think that these people had it in them to do such dastardly deeds. Another thing I loved was how the characters changed so much; you think they are villains to begin with and you end the book thinking, hey, they weren't so bad after all.

The setting, like everything else in this book, was wonderfully done, and every description was spot on, making it's own little masterpiece inside a greater one. Destefano crafts a book that will leave readers longing for more, a beautiful yet horrifying debut. A book fans of The Hunger Games and Matched will call their own.
Book Battle Update: Yay! This is my first book read in the book battle.


  1. Fabulous review! I'm so glad you mentioned about the progression of the characters throughout the book. I was stunned by some of them and how much they changed over the course of the book. I can't wait to see how they change throughout the rest of the trilogy! Wonderful review, so glad Reading Vacation pointed me in your direction!

  2. Awesome review! It's been out for so long and I still haven't got it yet. I might as well be the last one to read it. Hopefully I'll get it soon though.

  3. ugh.i want to read wither.. thanks for the review:)

  4. Thanks for the review. Definitely sounds like a book i would be interested in. I loved the hunger games and just finished Crossed by Alli Condie. Adding this book now to my list of future reads!


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