Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

 Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano


by Lauren DeStefano
pub: 3/22/2011
From Goodreads:

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.

What I thought:


That about sums it up doesn’t it? Wither was amazing… yet utterly horrifying. I swear, I held my breath for the entire 358 pages (ha! And I didn’t pass out… that should so be some sort of record right?) Fine! I felt like I held my breath the entire time!

Lauren DeStefano created a dystopian nightmare, in the form of a beautifully written novel. Can you imagine being stolen, forced to marry and then BREED? *shudder*

Rhine continuously broke my heart with the stories of her youth, then having her horrifyingly short ‘adult’ life stolen from her… and not only by her sadistic father-in-law, but by a horrendous genetic disease that causes you to die at 20!

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Linden… in all his ignorance, but I’m Team Gabriel ALL THE WAY.

I cannot wait for the second installment of The Chemical Garden Trilogy… Where do Rhine & Gabriel go? Does Rhine find her brother? What kind of state will he be in IF she finds him? Will her and Gabriel get to be together?

I have this really foreboding feeling that something bad is going to happen to Gabriel…

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18 Responses to Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

  1. Sally says:

    Great review- I'm so desperate to read this book, everyone who has read it seems to love it!

  2. I LOVED this one!! By far one of my favorites of this year! I love all your questions at the end because I totally have the same ones! Fab review!

  3. Natalie says:

    Im glad you really enjoyed Wither :) Right now I'm team Linden….Gabriel fell kind of flat for me…I'm hoping the second book will change my mind

  4. Missie says:

    I can't say that I'm Team Gabriel. I wish I had gotten to know him a bit better. He is a mystery. I had some issues with the world-building, but yes, the writing was beautiful.

  5. Now I'm really excited for this one, bookish twin! =)

  6. Fab review. I know I need to read this…but…it's hard because it isn't paperback. Grr..

  7. I enjoyed this one but I'm on neither team. Neither has shown me the same courage that Rhine had. However, things may change in the next book. :)

  8. I felt exactly the same way…I loved this book! Great review :) Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  9. Great review! I haven't worked my way through Wither yet. I have it-started it-got started on something else and then just didn't go back to it yet! You've inspired me to start it back up :o]I reviewed Meg Cabot's Abandon today. Stop by if you get a chance!Kristi-The Book Faery

  10. Aaargh. Must. read. this. book. So glad you liked it!

  11. I love your blog, it is so lovely!!!!I can't wait to read wither, I have it on my to be read pile just waiting to be acknowledged :)Jess :)

  12. Jenny says:

    I really enjoyed this one too! I got all caught up in Rhine's story and I found their world to be terrifying. Linden was one of my favorites actually, I loved that I was never sure whether I should be wary of him or feel sorry for him and I'm a big fan of that kind of uncertainty. Can't wait for book 2, fantastic review Ashley!

  13. I love your review!! I still haven't read this book, I'm waiting for it to come in at the library. So glad you enjoyed it!

  14. Oooh it sounds so, so good! I can't tell you how much I want to read it, but I have to finish the book I'm reading now, at least!

  15. Evie says:

    Hey Ashley! What a great review, girl! This book is sitting on my bookshelf and waiting for it's turn.. I am so tempted to start reading it now, after reading your review! Ahhh! Torture! I'm glad to hear you liked it so much :) If you loved it, I am sure I will, too! xoxo

  16. I really enjoyed this book as well! There were times that I had to put the book down just because I couldn't take the tension and suspense any more. Such a good read and I can't wait for the 2nd book to come out!!

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