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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Review: Wither By Lauren Destefano

Title: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Published: March 22, 2011 at Simon & Schuster
Pages: 358
Source: Hardcover borrowed from Library.
Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary: Obviously something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding   farm mentality, has vowed to break loose form its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive.A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings. 

My Thoughts:  Wow.

This doesn't even do justice to this novel. The book is a in a world of its own and I give praise to Lauren! She's created this world summed up in these beautifully written words. I was left in awe at the ending. Rhine, Lindin and Gabriel's little "love triangle" broke my heart at times and it made me a little sad that Rhine and everyone else's life was stolen from them by this virus. I thought more about it and realized it was kind of scary knowing when you would die. Honestly, this is a book you'd really have to think about even after you finish the last pages.

 The story starts us off with Rhine Ellery, a sixteen year old, who lives with her brother Rowan. It's kind of a kick-ass world, except men die at the age of twenty-five and women die at twenty. Rhine has four more years till her expiration date and one day she sees an wanted ad in a newspaper and goes to the interview, but instead is picked up my these people called the Gatherers. These people take young women to be wives to rich men who are near the dying age. Rhine is stolen away and more young girls are dropped off in the car until they come to their final stop and Rhine and two others are released from the car. The are moved towards a luxurious mansion and hear gunshots in the distance, they now know the other girls have been killed. Rhine and the two other girls, Jenna and Cecily, are later married to Lindin Ashby, the owner of the mansion and become sister wives.

I really loved Lindin. Even though a lot of people didn't, I did, mostly because he tried to be with Rhine, Jenna and Cecily together, but love doesn't work that way. He was just so clueless! He was like a little child, lost and confused on what to do, but he tried and that's what mattered. Then there was Gabriel, Rhine's lover. I loved them together, but their romance wasn't really in the book. There weren't a lot of chapters on them, but the one's that were delightful. The book wasn't really about romance a lot at all. I know it's about Rhine being married off, but romance didn't play a key element of it. The book falls more under the adventurous type. Back to character's, now there's the other sister wives, Jenna who's the quiet type. I really didn't understand her in the beginning of the book, but later on her life and story became important with me. She was the oldest of the two, being 18 then turning 19, but she knew and accepted that she was going to die. She was more of a mother towards Rhine and Cecily than sister. Cecily, I really didn't like. She annoyed me throughout the whole book until the very last few pages. It made my jaw drop in awe. Finally, there's Rose, who was Lindin's wife before them. She was my favorite character, but when Rhine arrives at the mansion, Rose is twenty and dying. It made me sooooo sad. Rose is the love of Lindin's life, I loved reading about him and Rose's relationship. They had a very awesome relationship.

The ending made me want to read more about Rhine's adventure, so I'm definitely going to read Fever.

Favorite Line: I straighten his tie. "Are my eyes what make me special to you?" "No."He says. "His voice has become soft and dreamy. He pushes a curl from my face. "They are only a ripple on the surface."

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