Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Genre: YA/Dystopia
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published: Simon & Schuster March 22, 2011
Borrowed from NYPL Mid-Manhattan Branch
Challenge: 350 page Challenge, 100 Books in a Year, Dystopia Challenge

What if you knew exactly when you would die?
Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb — males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape — to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

You know, when I saw everyone going all nuts about this book, I was extremely skeptical. Some of these books are parading as dystopia but there's no evidence of it once you really get into it. Not the case with Wither. This book is an absolute winner from beginning to end.

The best, I mean BEST thing about the book is the irony. Here these sister wives have everything they could want. Servants that wait on them hand and foot, all the food, clothes and free time they want. Living in a lavish mansion with Orange groves and a miniature golf course in the backyard. But the one thing, the ONE thing that they don't have, is freedom. And that's all they want.

Of course I can wait for book two to come out, yes, I said can wait. The ending wasn't the cliffhanger that everyone was saying it would be. I'm fine with it and would like to just let the rest of the story wash over me before I jump back in to continue it.

All in all, Wither gets a shining 4 out of 4 stars! Highly, highly reccommend for fans of dystopia, exceptional YA no and intense character building.I can't recommend this book any more avidly, please do yourself a favor and pick it up.


  1. I like the message about freedom. That's so perfect for a dystopian. Glad you liked it!

  2. Wow is correct :)haha! I loved WITHER and I can't wait till I get my hands on book 2; FEVER. I might even have to re-read WITHER?! Glad to see you enjoyed it too! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Diana @ The Lovely Getaway

  3. Great review! Wither was ok and I will read its sequel, but it's not one of my most anticipated books. I liked the concept of the sister wives, but they were trapped the whole time and the story felt only dragging after some pages.

    Thanks so much for you stopping by and the kind message. Such comments make my day!:)


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