Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wither by Lauren DeStefano Review!

Author: Lauren DeStefano
ISBN: 1442409053 (ISBN13: 9781442409057)
Release Date:  March 22nd 2011
Format : Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Post Apocalyptic,
  Dystopia , Science Fiction

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?

My Thoughts on the Book
This dystopian book leaves you wanting to know what happens next in every chapter. I just can't imagin a world like that where girls are sold off to be a wife to someone she never met before and to share him with two other wives. Then again I do see how man would think so highly of themselves that they can do what they want to women if the world went to hell. Yeah if the world goes to hell like this I do think women will be sought after. It's the same thing in the book 'Eve' young girls were taken and they are forced to give birth. Makes me siver thinking about that life these Dystopian books have. How cool is it to have two different color eyes!! I would love to have those eyes!

To be captured and taken away from her home I don't know how Rhine could be so brave in that world. He parents are dead, she is only living with her twin brother taking care of themselves and then she is taken and brought to a place to be a wife. She's so very brave in not giving up and planning to escape one way or another. She's smart and knows that she would never live in that house for the rest of her life. At least she finds a bit of peace with her sister wives and her friend/maybe more with Gabriel. There is two sister wives and they couldn't be more different from each other. Cecily is a young girl, thirteen years old only when she's brought to the house. She acts like a kid for most of the book and bosses the servants around. She just adores Linden and wants to do anything for him even sleep with him to have his kids because that's all she ever knew. Though she does become more subtle later on in the book which is weird because she's still so young. Then there is Jenna who is older then both Cecily and Rhine, she shows her dislike for the place in a small way. She keeps to herself mostly at first before she starts to open up to Rhine. She's only shows her true self when Rhine is around but mostly she hides behind a act around the House Governor and Master. Linden I just think he's a child molester and he should be shot. No. . .he's just a really nave guy following the rules of his father. He knows nothing about the real world protected in a bubble his father set up for him. He doesn't mind having more the one wife and he is nice to Rhine at least and lets her have a say in what they do in bed which I'm glad for. Then there is the sweet Gabriel, he's so kind and nice to Rhine I just love him. Though the fact that he's a servant is sad because if he does something wrong then he's beaten. He secretly becomes Rhine's friend and they would talk when they had the chance. He knows nothing but what's inside the house they stay at. He doesn't know what kind of life is out there for him or if there is a life. He spent his whole life inside the mansion never leaving it. With the friendship/maybe something more with Rhine he wants to leave with her and even if he's not sure of himself yet.

The only Romance in this book that I like is the very little interaction that happens between Rhine and Gabriel. They are so sweet together because it's so new in what they are feeling and how to experience things. They do everything in secret though because they aren't suppose to associate with each other and so either in the early mornings or when they are in the garden do they talk with one another and grow closer. I'm not even going to mention Linden.

The plot is so great I just needed to know what happens next. Seeing her go through that kind of hell, being put into a marriage she doesn't want and to act like a good wife. It was just all so much I just needed to get through this book. It annoyed me so much about the way they treated the Women. I would stop reading this book if I wasn't so interested in how this series will end.


The designs on the cover and inside is just so pretty. Not only the book cover is design but inside as well is design. It's like ever piece of this book is a canvas and it's just so beautiful. I find the lines and circles are petty and show the connections from the cover and the book. Like the bird in the cage is like that old saying about how someone is trapped like a bird in a cage. It's just so well design, though I don't find the sideways words all that great because i need to tilt my head to read it haha!!

Even though I find this series annoying I do wish to finish it and I don't find it all that bad. It does have it's great moments and makes me happy at times. So that's good at least and I do want to finish this series to find out what happens next.

4 out of 5 Howling Wolves

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