Saturday, 2 June 2012
Wither- Lauren DeStefano
Published: March 22, 2011
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?
I don't think i really had any expectations going into this book but i did kind of enjoy it. The writing style has a really nice flow to it that makes it easy to read and the characters are really well written, to an extent. My issue with this book was that the story line got very slow in some parts and i ended up just wondering when something was going to happen.
Nothing epic happened in this book like there was no 'wow' moment or 'omg' which was disappointing. It was a book that i would just say eh it was ok but i can think of better.
I will eventually read the second because im interested to see where the story goes and hopefully it will get a bit better in the next book but i guess we shall see.