Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wither Review

Title: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher

Description (From Back Of Book):
In the not too distant future, because of genetic engineering, every human is a ticking time bomb. Males only live to age twenty-five and females only live to twenty. To keep the population from dying out, girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriages.
     When sixteen year old Rhine is taken, she enters a world of wealth and privilege that both entices and terrifies her. She has everything she ever wanted ... expect freedom. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to escape before its too late!

Rhine has a quiet life at home with her twin brother Rowen, when one day she is kidnapped and forced into the back of a gray van. She is kept in the van for a long time... so long that she can't remember if it was days or hours. She isn't alone though. There are 16 girls in the van, all stuffed in so there is barely any room to move. Rhine has been kidnapped and put in a line up for a wealthy man, so that he can choose which wives he wants, so that he can marry and impregnate them to keep the dying race alive.

Rhine is taken to a mansion that is unlike anything she has ever seen, it is big, elegant, and secure. There is no way out unless you are chosen as the first wife, which entails that you are trusted enough to go about the property without your husband. Rhine is determined to become this first wife, this is the only way she will ever get out of the mansion and away from her new husband.Rhine will so just about everything to prove to her husband and his over-baring father that she is trustworthy, everything but consummate their marriage. 

Rhine makes some great friends while living with Linden (her husband), there are two other sister wives, Cicely and Jenna, and attendants. One which Rhine is becoming dangerously attracted to, Gabriel. Gabriel brings up  the food from the kitchen to the sister wives floor, seeing as they are sometimes not permitted to leave the floor. Gabriel and Rhine quickly develope a close relationship and vow that they will not die in the mansion under Linden's and his father Housemaster Vaughn's eye. They have fused together a plan to escape, but will they ever get out of the mansion alive?

I really enjoyed Wither, I just couldn't put it down! Rhine is such an amazing main character. She is strong, passionate and determined. All the characters were written exceptionally well. I did feel however that there wasn't enough of interaction between Rhine and Gabriel, I had wished there had been a bit more, to give a little more premise to their relationship. I could feel Rhine's distaste in the marriage and in her situation throughout the book. When she was scared, I was scared. When she was sad, I was sad. When she was pissed off... I was flippin pissed off! Lauren DeStefano did an amazing job portraying Rhine's emotions, so much that I felt that I was the one that was terrified and trapped in this retched place. I don't believe that I have ever been able to feel the characters as much as I did in Wither. I had an honest fear if Rhine would or wouldn't make it out of the mansion alive.  I had a point in the book where I found that I was actually holding my breath waiting for what was impending. Wither is nothing short of breathtaking. 



  1. Wither sounds amazing! Patiently waiting until March to read it :)

  2. Great review -- I am so sosososo jealous you've got to read it already!

  3. okay...
    my wishlist is growing now...
    this one sounds great...
    waiting for this book to hit Malaysia market...

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