Book Review: Wither

Book Review: WitherWither by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books on March 22nd 2011
Pages: 358

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. 


Based alone on the summary of this novel, I was very hesitant about it. Dystopian.. I am there. Polygamy.. not so much. While there is so much I want to say about this novel, I know that I must refrain so that I don't spoil anything. But let's just say that it is a jem.

Wither is absolutely brilliant. And DeStefano is a magic maker. She takes a novel that has elements that should not work together and makes it blend so perfectly that you just become lost in what she has created. There were plenty of times that I simply forgot that I was reading a book. The characters, the setting, the mood.. it all just worked for me.

What hit me most about Wither is how raw it is. DeStefano does not shy away from any topic. Whether it is death, marriage, or anything in between, DeStefano has it covered. And it is covered in a realistic and believable way that left me speechless.

Wither is the perfect novel to make you say WOW! I never imagined the profound feelings that I would have after finishing this novel, but wow, were they there. Wither is simply one novel that is not to be missed.

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10 responses to “Book Review: Wither

  1. I’ve seen this book around a LOT but this is the first time I’ve read a review. I knew it was dystopian but I didnt know about the polygamy. Now that would have put me off too if I hadn’t read all the wonderful things you’ve said about this book. Really enjoyed my visit here today 🙂

  2. I read the first chapter of Wither online a few months ago and it totally grabbed my attention. Thanks for your review–it makes me want to read it all the more

  3. Rhianna

    I have been soooo excited about this book, great to see a review that doesn’t spoil anything but is positive too!

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