Wither Review

April 11, 2012 Reviews 15 ★★★★

Wither ReviewWither by Lauren DeStefano
Series: Chemical Garden #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on March 22, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 358
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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?

What I thought…

  1. The details on this book are spectacular.  Seriously, even if you have zero interest in reading this book, go to the book store and check it out.  Open it up, look at the cover page and even the copyright page!
  2. I know that people have had issue with the polygamy aspect, and I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like Wither because of it, but there were so many other, more sinister, things going on that I really didn’t pay any attention to it.
  3. Wither is very… different.  But that’s a good thing!  It held my attention throughout the whole book.   DeStefano created a world that is truly different, and creepy.  You have to be open-minded about it though because even for a dystopian it’s pretty far fetched.
  4. Nothing is as it seems.  Nothing!
  5. I enjoyed Rhine, I thought she was a pretty strong character, but definitely up in the air about how she feels about stuff.
  6. I really liked Jenna (her sister wife).  I’m not really sure why, but I know I would have liked to have been in Jenna’s head more than Rhine’s.
  7. I did not like Cecily (her other sister wife).  Cecily annoyed me to no end.  I don’t know if DeStefano intended for her to be that way, but quite often I wanted to smack her upside the head.  (Note:  I was more bothered by Cecily being 13 than by the polygamy.)
  8. Housemaster Vaughn creeped me out from the beginning. (Note to Webster’s Dictionary – creeped is a word, everyone says so.)  He has become one of my favorite villains.  You don’t really learn too much about him but he is one creepy, scary, I-don’t-want-to-be-alone-with-him kind of guy.
  9. I liked Linden more than I liked Gabriel, but I think both of them are naïve.  Gabriel just didn’t do it for me, but since I’m not reading the book for the romance I’m wasn’t that bothered by it.  Linden seemed a lot more interesting, albeit clueless.

Overall I really enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to reading Fever

I read Wither for the Catch Wither Fever event hosted by Andrea (The Overstuffed Bookcase) and Jessie (The Daily Bookmark).



15 Responses to “Wither Review”

  1. fakesteph

    Great points. I didn’t love the romance and Cecily was annoying, but because she was 13, it broke my heart more than anything else. I hate reading about 13 year olds in situations like that. When I read Game of Thrones, I pretend that Danaerus is way older, because otherwise, I kind of want to vomit. And I LOVED Jenna. She was easily my favorite character. :)

  2. Bittner

    Cecily was really annoying but every now and then she did make me laugh. And it also bothered me that she was so young. I was on Team Gabriel from the very beginning! He has red hair and all his own teeth!!!

  3. Darlene

    I want to read this book so badly! I wish I could just dig through enough of my already purchased books to be able to buy some more cause I am positive Wither would be at the top of that list. Thanks for sharing your review. Once again, I am reconfirmed that this is an excellent book!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

  4. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I love the way you do your reviews with lists!

    I loved Jenna. I liked Cecily, but she definitely was annoying. And yeah, I’m with you – the whole 13-year-old bride becoming impregnated bothered me WAY more than the polygamy aspect.

    Haha! I just put the word “creeped” into my Fever review and it kept doing the red squiggly line (like it has in this comment as I’m typing), and I was like, no, I don’t mean to use the word as if someone has “crept” into a bedroom, but if someone is freaked out! Freaked has no squiggly line! Why should creeped? ;)

    Great review, and thanks so much for participating in the Catch Wither Fever event! I’ve added this review to the Catch Wither Fever Event Post List!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I don’t understand how they can add bromance but can’t add creeped. Creeped has been along way longer than bromance, and a better definition too.

      Thanks for having the event because I’m sure without it I probably wouldn’t have gotten to this book yet!

  5. Erin

    I keep hearing so many great reviews of it, but I am so CREEPED out by the whole premise. Working with kids, I have a very hard time reading about children being taken advantage of, especially in this way (yes, even in fiction). Hunger Games left me numb for days, I can’t imagine what a 13 year-old being forced into polygamy would do! So, I tend to simply avoid them. I don’t think I’ll be able to read this one, but I like the points you made.