Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: Wither: Lauren Destefano

Wither: Lauren Destefano
Synopsis: Goodreads
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 limted time she has left.

   This cover is just so romantic and ethereal. I really love it her hair her dress it's very artsy and I love it! 
My Review:
       Okay so I really don’t know how to start this review. I know that I was extremely excited to read this book and I kept hearing great things about it. When I began the book I had no idea what it was about to be honest, I knew it was dystopian and a great book. I don’t like to know the plots or summaries previous to reading the books because then the book get ruined even if it’s spoiler free. SO to be honest I didn’t know what to expect. And what I read I was really surprised.

               To begin I wasn’t expecting a world like this. It was very dark in a sense but the book wasn’t gloomy. I think the author did a great job at balancing the two. Rhine the protagonist was so interesting to read about. I think the way she contemplated about her life as Mrs. Ashby & kidnapped girl was amazingly written. When the book began I was like how can she stand being in this world. It’s horrible how can she be forced to marry someone and be kidnapped from her brother it’s pretty horrible. But then it’s balanced out by a not so horrible husband, and having everything she could desire (food, games, pool, beautiful house, loving husband, and amazing staff) except freedom. At times while reading the book I would think to myself it’s not so bad, maybe she should stay and make Lindson happy.  That right there is why I think the author did an amazing job, because she had me contemplating the realness to this life Rhine was living. There were points in this book were Rhine would lie so beautifully that she believed the lies herself.

               Rhine was an amazing character that was so strong willed. She played her part beautifully and stuck to her plan. I felt so bad for Jenna, she was the hardest to read about. She’s like that person you can’t save and you know is doomed. She was an amazing sister wife and wish her story could have ended differently. Cecily was so naïve in every way but it wasn’t her fault. She was so easily manipulated.  Lindson was so much like Cecily, he was naïve and sweet at the same time. It was unfortunate that he had such a horrible father to control his life like that. I really like him, and I would forget at times that he was only 21 and acted so much older at times. I was left wanting Rhine to love him at times. But I knew it could not be so. This book reminded me of Matched, in the way there was no freedom. Although matched was an extreme case controlling Vaughn was not too far off.  Vaughn was a great villain, I will say that. What he did was horrible and he was so creepy at times that I would be scared for Rhine. I really felt like he watched her at all times. He really freaked me out.

               Now this book is not my normal type of book that I read. It was different and not what I was expecting. It reminded me of Matched, in that it was slower paced but then not really. Not much happened action wise, but things were still moving. It was slower paced but not boring!  I am one to say that if I would have known that this book was about polygamy, dying races, kidnappings, and all the other horrible stuff in this book I probably wouldn’t have read it. BUTTTT!!!!!! It was done so well that I am glad I didn’t know much about the book. I normally love reading my paranormal romance where I ache for that kiss, or can’t wait for that couple to get together. Wither is not this at all!!!!!! But just because it wasn’t doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. Now that I think about it, before I read Hunger Games I read the summary and did not want to read it because I thought that’s not my type of book. BUT man am I glad I read it. Granted Wither is no Hunger Games but you get the point. I can’t wait to read the second book that follows this trilogy. It was so well written and I really couldn’t put the book down.  I am so glad I read this book!! 


  1. Great review! We felt the same way about so much!! I loved this book like crazy!

  2. Heh, I actually found the slowness to be pretty boring, but I'm glad you enjoyed it ^.^

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

  3. Really lovely review :) I adored this book to bits and pieces! I love your collection of favorite quotes, too. That's a cute idea!


  4. Great review! Glad you enjoyed the book as much as you did. :)

  5. Loving this book review for "Wither". I was thinking about ordering 'Wither" from Chapters but I am a little nervous.

    After reading your review, I will now purchase this novel, seriously.

    I'm so glad that I popped on over here after seeing your two comments on my book blog.