Wither by Lauren DeStefano

September 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

“There are ugly, dangerous things lurking beneath the beauty of this mansion.  And I’d like to be far away from here before ever knowing what they are.”

Thanks to the failure of a widespread genetic experiment that attempted to eradicate disease, old age is a thing of the past. All males now die at age 25 and females only live to 20.  So when 16-year-old Rhine is kidnapped and forced into marriage, she must quickly make a choice: accept her new gilded cage or escape to live a dangerous, but free, life for the little time she has left.

Unfortunately, she’s married to the son of a scientist obsessed with finding a cure for the disease, and her father-in-law will do anything he can to keep Rhine, her two sister-wives, and her husband Linden under his thumb.  If Rhine tries to escape and fails, her father-in-law will make her live to regret her decision. But how can she stay and simply accept that her short future won’t be one of her own choosing?

My Review: The tragically short lives of the new generations make every decision more important, every injustice more bitter, and every joy sharper.  If you like figuring out complicated characters and books that slowly build a vision of a flawed future world, you’ll enjoy Wither.  Try it if you liked Matched by Ally Condie – it’s got a similar pace, focuses on the characters, and gives you just enough of the ugly underbelly of society to keep you wanting to learn more.  Wither by Lauren DeStefano is available now, and (don’t kill me for reviewing another first book in a trilogy!) watch for the rest of this series next year.

Katie

 

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