Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)

Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by 
Lauren DeStefano
Book Info:
358 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Released: March 22nd 2011
Genre: YA, Science Fiction. Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy, Post-Apocalypse

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 Review:
I'm not sure where to even start with this review. I got this book from a friend and I fell in love with the cover. Then after reading the synopsis I was intrigued and immediately had to know what was going on.

The main character Rhine Ellery lives in a world where her years are limited. Living with her brother in New York City in their family house they once lived in with their family they are constantly in danger. Children trying to find a warm place to stay or the Gatherers who steal females from their home to either kill or sell them to men. When Rhine is taken she is one of the "lucky" who were chosen. Together Rhine and two other brides; Cecily and Jenna try to survive in their new surroundings where not everything is as it seems.

Upon arriving at her knew home Rhine meets Lady Rose the woman she is replacing. Rose teaches Rhine many things about her new husband Linden. But Rhine doesn't want to learn about her husband, for all Rhine thinks about is getting back home to her brother. Along the way Rhine meets Gabriel a servant boy that makes her stomach flutter, brings her food, and whom she feels safe to voice her life to. She also finds companionship in her sister-wives who keep her company, and help pass the time. While one sister wife is extremely difficult, the other shares the same hate for their surroundings and the people in it as Rhine. However, Rhine's trust in the sister wives is not without it's own troubles, for one would do anything to keep Rhine from achieving everything she has fought so hard to achieve.

Rhine soon after arriving becomes first wife, giving her certain benefits they other two wives do not have. Rhine is able to leave with her husband in tow to go to the many benefits her husband needs to attend. Rhine taking this new status in stride sees these outings as a way to send a message to her brother, a message that she is still alive. Everything in Rhine's life is a risk though, and soon she must escape or else their will be no escape.

Overall I really enjoyed and sped right through this book. Although there was a lot of inner dialogue and description I honestly didn't mind all that much even though it's one of my biggest pet peeves. I really enjoyed reading about Rhine's world and was always wondering what was going to happen next. I can't wait to read the next book. 
Rating: 4.5


  1. I have wanted to read this for a ridiculously long time. Love the premise for Wither. I have got to crack it open. Thanks for the reminder and the great review.

    1. I have had the same problem. This book has been on my reading list since before the book came out and I never got to reading it. One of my best friends lent it to me and wanted it back before I went back to school so I had to read it asap. 8)Thank you so much for checking out my review! You rock!


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