Monday, December 5, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Released: March 22, 2011

Publisher: Simon and Schuster 
Series: The Chemical Garden, Book 1
Followed By: Fever
Page Amount: 358, US Hardback
POV: 1st Person (Rhine)
Buy it here: Barnes & NobleAmazon

=98/100  A+


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 from 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. Editor's

This book left me breathless. When I initially picked up this book, I did not expect to like it as much as I actually did. This book went above and beyond what I expected. Wither is a dystopian tale, but it is unlike the others that I have read. The premise and world that DeStefano creates in Wither is very unique and hauntingly beautiful. It is a horrible world to live in, I certainly feel bad for Rhine, Jenna, and Cecily. I would never want to be forced into a marriage. It's horrible, but it seems so normal and typical while reading the book. It takes a true author to be able to transport you into a fictional world. Another thing I loved about this book was the strong emotions that in evoked within me. I cried at one part in the book, and that is really rare for me. I also found myself cheering for Rhine at the end. I was completely absorbed in this book, which made this book even more enjoyable.  

The characters were just as amazing as the plot. Rhine was three-dimensional and very realistic. Rhine is a strong female protagonist. I loved seeing her strength as well as her hope of running away. Although I'm not exactly like Rhine, I felt like I was Rhine while reading this book. Usually I have to perfectly relate to a character, but with Rhine I felt as if I just fit into the story alongside her. It was a very neat experience. I also loved Jenna and Cecily. They both had they're backstories and I felt like I was able to get to know them alongside Rhine. Rowan, I feel like I was able to get to know him from Rhine's reminiscing. I also felt bad for Linden, he was such an interesting character. Vaughn was the most perfect evil villain in this book. All of the characters came together to add some color to this already glowing book. 

The ending was very good as well. It was a little bit simple, but the climax and other event leading up to the end gave it some power. I really enjoyed the ending. It seemed like the perfect conclusion. It left me with many answers, but also left some questions unanswered to fill the next book. The ending is not a cliffhanger, but it does leave the reader wondering what will happen next in Rhine's adventure. All in all, I have definitely enjoyed this book. It is certainly a new favorite of mine. It had something special that I haven't read in a while. 

My Favorite Part: The entire story was just breathtaking. I loved how it evoked so much emotion within the reader.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely it was very unique and amazing!

Will I be reading the next book? Definitely! I liked this book so much that I'm going to pre-order the next book!

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Review by Macy ♥

1 comment:

  1. Just stumbled across your blog; it's really great! I love the cover on this book; it almost looks like she's a broken doll. Your rating system is awesome too!


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