- By Lauren DeStefano


  • Title: Wither
  • Author: Lauren DeStefano
  • ISBN: 9781442409057
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wither 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 year

    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 hBy 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 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

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    1. As seen on The ReadventurerOh boy, do I have problems with this new crop of YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic lit! I am starting to think that the authors who attempt to explore this genre have no understanding of what it takes to write such books. Just making up some new horrible way people are treated in a future society and adding in some angsty love triangle isn't enough! I don't want to sound too lectur-y, but these new, young writers probably do not realize that to create a dystopian/post-apoc [...]

    2. so this is the handmaid's tale for kids. with some new details for the modern set. premise: world is basically over. only north america survives, but barely - like one step better than the road. due to genetic manipulation and subsequent oopses, there are considerably lower life expectancies: girls live to be twenty, boys to twenty-five. then - coughing, blood, expiration, to keep the population going, and to provide new babies to experiment with, many young girls are kidnapped and sold into mar [...]

    3. Let me start by saying that I know numerous people who liked or loved this book, and that I see why someone would and I mean no disrespect to your opinions. You have, in general, written very eloquent, expressive reviews describing why you liked it and I have read and enjoyed those reviews. I'm not here to step on anyone's toes.Except maybe Lauren DeStefano's, because I didn't like this book.Wither fans, I might be mean after this point. You've been warned.The basic concept of this book is bulls [...]

    4. My grandmother was twelve when she got married. Fourteen when she gave birth to her first child. By the time she was thirty, she had given birth to seven children. I'm telling you this to give you a little perspective on where I'm coming from. A culture where child brides are not so far in the past that we can't see their faces. A social order where things we can't imagine today were not only accepted, but natural. Indian mythology is filled with stories of polygamy — a king with three wives, [...]

    5. This book makes so little sense that it was almost painful to read. Admittedly, I finished Blood Red Road about two seconds before I picked this one up, and it has the same basic premise, but is one of the best books I’ve ever read. They are both post-apocalyptic and about twins cruelly separated, trying to find each other. I wasn’t going to mention the twin thing because of karen’s unreasonable prejudice, but I’m kind of okay with people being prejudiced against this book because it suc [...]

    6. I'm not a chick that falls easily into hype but sometimes it can be hard to avoid, like with this book. It seems like EVERYONE absolutely LOVES this book. I have not come across one blogger saying anything to the contrary. Of course I could be missing a few but those that I do wander across, love. I had to wade into reviews to find black sheep like myself that found serious fundamental issues with this story on multiple levels. Did I buy into the hype initially? To an extent. Books get pimped a [...]

    7. ***EDIT: This was not in my original review, and while I did say it on my blog, twitter and several other bookish communities, I think it ought to go here as well: Lauren DeStefano is actually a very talented writer. She has the enviable ability to create beautiful sentences, and to turn those beautiful sentences into evocative and atmospheric paragraphs, even pages. Simply put: she has a way with words. I look forward to the day she writes something else, NOT related to this book, very much. I [...]

    8. After a great deal of reflection, I can't shake off the fondness I had for this novel. For me it had a deep, rich, intoxicating quality that I don't often read in Young Adult novels and has become an increasing rarity for me.Many reviews make a deal of the problems associated with the implausible premise. If you think that’s going to bother you then you’re best to steer clear of this one. As for me, unbelievable characters or plot holes will ruin my reading experience but I’ve never necess [...]

    9. Surprisingly, the worst thing for me about Wither was the boredom I experienced trying to finish it. I had previously been warned that the dystopia made little sense and didn't contain a particularly relevant message to society - unless you count trying to scare the hell out of teenage girls who may have otherwise carelessly become pregnant! But again, I'm not sure what point (if any) Lauren DeStefano was trying to make. Though that wasn't the biggest problem.Divergent had no political or social [...]

    10. The concept of a society in which girls are forced into polygamous marriages may not be everyone's idea of a good time, but I like art that pushes boundaries or attempts to explore unusual subjects in a meaningful way. Besides, the cover is gorgeous! And on the set decoration front, Wither is a novel that seductively beckons the reader with alluring images and positively drips with atmosphere. Languid young women wander around a mansion in lacy gowns waiting to be impregnated by their joint husb [...]

    11. On the first few pages of Wither, the author revealed to me, kidnapping.On the next few pages of Wither, the author revealed to me, kidnapping and sleeping gas.Further, in the pages of Wither, the author revealed to me, kidnapping, sleeping gas, and indentured servitude.Deeper into the pages of Wither, the author revealed to me, kidnapping, sleeping gas, indentured servitude, and Polygamy.Not even reaching ¼ of the way through the pages of Wither, the author revealed to me, kidnapping, sleeping [...]

    12. It's great having a teenage daughter who loves to read as much as I do. We can share books, we have lots to talk about, we can make recommendations for each other and more! When she reads something she REALLY likes she wants me to read it. However, this usually means she would like me to stop what I'm reading and read whichever book she's just read. Now usually this is fine because I read fairly fast. But lately I'm finding it's usually a SERIES that she's just read. So then I'm signing on for t [...]

    13. This is going to be one of my rare exceptions where I’m giving a generous star rating to a book that had me simultaneously cringe, confused and connected all at the same time. My mixed feelings for Wither apparently correspond with the wide range of reactions I’ve seen for this novel. But either way, I’ll admit now that I’m moving on to the sequel, not because I was offered to read the ARC… well not solely, but I’m really interested to see how this story unfolds and hopefully comes t [...]

    14. I sort of went back and forth on the rating for this book. I couldn't decide to give it 3 or 4 stars. In the end I decided on 4 because this book did keep me up till around 2am. So, for a book to do that to me when I know full well I have to wake up super early with my kids, it pretty much earned those 4 stars.Let me start by saying I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. In fact, I was kind of ignoring it as it sat on my shelf collecting dust. I wasn't sure how I felt about the who [...]

    15. I knew something about this book before I cracked open the pages, even though I was reading an ARC. That's the kind of buzz this book has been getting. Honestly, I would have read this book for the cover alone. God, that is some gorgeous cover art. And I was prepared to hate this book. I thought it was going to be a book with a pretty cover, titillating premise (OMGzzz polygamy!), but with no substance. Overall, Wither exceed my expectations.Let's start out with the bad things.The world building [...]

    16. For such a 'scandalous' concept and for all its attempts at drama and intrigue, I found Wither to be incredibly boring.I never really felt connected to Rhine, or became invested in her story--or anyone's, for that matter. For all DeStefano's attempts to make Linden a sympathetic character and, I assume, set him up as the eventual third point in the love triangle, I was completely creeped out by him. Sorry, maybe he didn't know everything his mad scientist daddy was up to, but he was still super [...]

    17. If this book were to be judged by its cover and package alone, it would be very gush-worthy -- but, alas, books are not meant to be judged by their covers but by the stories waiting inside.What's my verdict? Well. . is book left me feeling very conflicted. I just don't know what to think.Now, I was really worried to start this book. You know that reality show, Sister Wives? As much as I believe in 'to each his own,' I just am not down with polygamy, and that little family (one husband with four [...]

    18. I’ve never read such science fail in a book, ever. You know, the first thing before you write your book is to do a lot of research on the area/subject you’re writing on and to make sure that all the rules and conventions of the world you set up are logical and plausible. This is given a lot more leeway if the story is set in an alternate world (ie: fantasy) but since this is not and based after a post-apocalyptic/dystopian reality of our own world, everything falls apart.First of all, if the [...]

    19. I had a lot of issues with this book from the start. For one, dystopia works because it reflects the scary possibility of horrible things to come. Even if the reader doesn't believe their world could ever turn into the author's vision, there is still a believability that all good dystopians have. Do I think I will ever live to see something like 1984 come to fruition? Of course not. But as a reader I can understand how it could happen. How fear and want for safety can convince people into giving [...]

    20. I'm not a squeamish person. Nor am I easily scared. I pride myself on being level-headed. But there were somevthings in Wither that I couldn't stomach. I consider myself to be a somewhat liberal person, with a few exceptions--for example, I believe in capital punishment and lex talionis under special circumstances. However, I wasn't able to accept the relationship between Linden and Cecily. He's a good guy that I'm supposed to sympathize with, yet he sleeps with a kid? No thank you. I know, I kn [...]

    21. I hate the colour grey.I absolutely loathe it.I hate that it is undefined and isn't bounded by a limit. It's deeper end merges into black and on the other hand, it fades into white. It's transient and unpredictable and I hate it.When I read novels or watch a movie, I have to have an upfront bad guy and a good guy. I need the characters to be distinct and true to their image. It makes me jittery when lines are blurred and characters are steeped in both light and dark.No, I'm not a control freakSo [...]

    22. Lauren DeStefano is an incredibly talented writer, and her debut novel, Wither, is sure to stand out among the throngs of dystopian novels filling the shelves YA shelves, with it's unique and haunting premise and unforgettable characters.Please do judge this book by its beautiful cover, because the pages inside are just as intriguing.This is a perfect example of how I like my dystopian novels. DeStefano has created a vivid world one of the more disturbing world that I've encountered within the g [...]

    23. First of all I'd like to say that this book could have been four stars on writing style alone. However, I have to agree with most other reviewers and say that the world created for this dystopian story is nonsensical to the point that it gets score deduction on pure, eyebrow-raising wtfuckery. I did really like the concept, the plot based around being kidnapped and forced to be a wife in a polygamous marriage along with two other wives (and an already existing dying first wife, for four wives in [...]

    24. 3.5 starsI started Wither fairly certain that I'd not like it. Please don't misunderstand — I never start a book thinking I'll dislike it, but choose to read it anyway for some reason; I usually avoid books that sound as if I'd be disappointed by them. In the case of Wither, I'd decided to steer clear of it because of negative reviews and because of some of the content it is said to have. And while there were things I was bothered by and things I wish could've been different, I'm pleasantly su [...]

    25. There have been many dystopia novels coming out in the last year or so, so it’s obvious that dystopia is a popular topic, everyone is talking about it. However, like all genres there have been flops and some really amazing ones. Wither by Lauren DeStefano is one of those amazing ones.Sixteen-year-old Rhine is going to die in four years. But she is not the only one dying at such a young age thanks to a genetic flaw, all women die when they reach 20, and men at 25. Rhine is kidnapped, taken away [...]

    26. I really don't think I'm cut out for realistic dystopia. I think I should just stick with my survival type adrenalin rush reads like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner.Without a doubt, Wither is probably one of the most powerful dystopia YA reads of 2011.The plot is gripping, thought provoking and very distrubing. The writing, absolutely outstanding, but I just couldn't stomach the idea's in this one.Not for me(Arc provided through S&S Galleygrab)

    27. Due to the large amount of reviews complaining of the lack of world building, I went into Wither expecting to be disappointed. And I pretty much was, until it occurred to me that I was approaching this book in the wrong way. As a dystopian it is a complete fail. Then it occurred to me how much Rhine's situation and constant literary fictiony musing reminded me of gothic novels. And, as a pseudo-gothic thriller it works. But, of course, it's marketed as a dystopian and on that noteAs everyone has [...]

    28. 5 out of 10Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blogLiving A Thousand Lives (please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)Short-Soundtrack:Rafael Anton Irisarri – Wither The Band Perry – If I Die Young Alyosha – To Be Free Genre: dystopia, YAStuff: extinction, weird illness, plural marriageFail: world-building, logic, romanceWOW: physiological sidePOV: 1st person, femaleLove-Geometry: hard [...]

    29. Dystopian societies- we've seen all kinds. From post apocalyptic hell on earth to life in plastic (yes, this is an Aqua reference >.<). In Wither we fall somewhere in the middle. While trying to cure cancer, society has caused the next generations to die from an unknown virus at 20 years of age for girls, 25 for guys. Is this concept intriguing? Definitely! Everyone has a fear of dying. Since most YA readers are approaching, or are over the age of 20, this world can easily be terrifying wh [...]

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