Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 368pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Series: Chemical Garden Trilogy Series , #1
Source: Publisher (ARC)

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?

Every action has a reaction and WITHER delves deep into the consequences of creating a perfect world. Disturbingly beautiful in her writing, Stefano takes readers into a world full of atrocities, where time is of the essence for humanity. From the moment Rhine was introduced, I knew this book was going to be something special.

Rhine is one of a kind and it took every ounce of courage to go through what she had to endure. When there’s nowhere to run and time is ticking away, what do you do? Rhine has to put on the show of her life to get her freedom. When manipulation and deceit comes into play, I sympathized with Rhine about who to trust and her feelings for her captors. Stefano’s writing pulled me into the down spiral of society and managed to capture the fundamental nature of what one will do to survive at all costs.

Words fail me when expressing the complexities of this novel. I'll just throw what comes into mind...Disturbing, Beautiful, Powerful, and Atrocious. You wouldn't think these should be tied together but Lauren weaved Rhine's story into a work of art.

This book took me on a ride and I had no idea how I would feel after I exited. Some of the issues involved in this book are happening today in some countries. It’s twisted but it shed light on so many things going on in society. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Read an excerpt of WITHER here

31 comments:

fredamans said...

When words fail you while writing a review, it must have been fantastic! So glad it's on my wish list!
Great review!

Natalie Aguirre said...

This sounds great. I'm adding it to my list too. Thanks.

melissasmeanderings said...

Sounds like a frightening commentary on where we might be headed with all of this genetic engineering!

Marie-Claude said...

The cover is so pretty!!!! And it look so good. I'm adding it on my wishlist!!!

KM said...

I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this one, but it sounds good to me! :)

dani_nguyen said...

Nice review. I was kind of on the fence about this one, but I think I'll give it a try.

lostinbelieving said...

Fantastic review! Everyone's been saying great things about this so I can't wait to read it!

Nora said...

I'm really anxious to read this.. it looks amazing! :D

~*Jessica Rabbit*~ said...

Love the review, can't wait to read this!

Chelsea B. said...

Wow, this books sounds all kinds of amazing.

Mia said...

I've been so excited to read this book. The plot is so unique and it sounds thrilling!

rachel said...

This book sounds amazing! I cannot wait to get my hands on this one!

Rachel Leigh

Vivien said...

Loving this review. I've been eagerly waiting for this to be released!

TheGirlOnFire said...

Great review. I am really excited for this book!

Book Sp(l)ot said...

That last paragraph is a great analogy and should make anyone want to read Wither.

YA Reader said...

Can't wait to read this one!

Bookish in a Box said...

I love that it's so complex.

winnie said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this, I've heard so much about it and read a lot of good reviews for it :)

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Kayla said...

Great review! :)
I'm am just DYING to read this. The more reviews I read about it, the more I want this book in my hands this instant!

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

This sounds like a fascinating read. I'm so looking forward to it.


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Fannadix said...

great review. i wanna dig into this book!

ksmeza said...

Gosh I love the name Rhine!Despite you not finding the right words it also gives me a sense that the book will leave readers speechless in a good way? I hope so! sounds great :)

jmspettoli said...

I'm not usually a bit distopia fan but I've been hearing a lot of awesome things about this one so I think I will give it a try!

lily_003 said...

Now, I really can't wait for this book ! :D
so exited!

latishajean said...

What a great review thanks for sharing been hearing so much about this book can't wait to read it!

mendy said...

This is my kind of book! I can't wait to read it!

SusieBookworm said...

"WITHER delves deep into the consequences of creating a perfect world" - my kind of book. I'm hooked.

minhchieu said...

Can't wait to read this!

Ali said...

I fell in love with this book when I saw the cover. And after reading the synopsis, I was truly sold. I CANNOT wait to read this book!!

Terra Mae said...

I've been waiting forever for this book! I can't wait to read it, great review too!!

Gloria Walshver said...

sounds interesting to read such an important topic.
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