Wither | Lauren DeStefano
Hardcover | 368 pp.
What if you knew exactly when you would die?Brent’s opinion of the novel:
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.
If WITHER were a person, I’d marry it. I am so obsessed/crazed/in love with this book, I suspect that Lauren DeStefano and S&S are in the works of getting a restraining order against me.
If you’re one of those
Basically, everyone should buy it. Because it is awesome and great and beautiful and the Naughty Kitties are filled with WITHER love.
WITHER is about what happens to our government and society when scientists fuck everything up and the life-expectancy rate drops tremendously. Males live until they’re 25. Women, 20. Everything collapses. People steal, kill, and fight to survive. Things explode. People become homeless. Children go hungry.
Girls are captured and sold into polygamous marriages, for the purpose of boosting up the shattered population.
That’s what happens to Rhine Ellery, on a night out in dystopic Manhattan. The Gatherers take her, along with two others young girls, to a sprawling Florida mansion. Most people would enjoy that, right? Florida, wealth, weather. But there are locks on the doors. Rhine, along with the other two girls, is forced to marry the seemingly genuine Linden.
Rhine is expected to spend the rest of her life in complacent silence, bearing Linden’s children and acting accordingly in public. But Rhine isn’t like most girls, and has a stubbornness that will, in the end, save her.
WITHER is about what happens when a girl forced into a polygamous marriage and introduced to a life of wealth and luxury falls in love with the servant boy…
My favorite thing of all about WITHER is Lauren DeStefano’s writing. It’s more beautiful than the cover (and that’s a pretty damn beautiful cover). It was the cover that got me interested in the book. It was the summary that made me read the book. It was the first page that made me continue reading it. It was the writing and flawless storyline that made me love it. WITHER has a spot on my favorites’ shelf.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars