Monday, March 28, 2011

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Published by Simon & Schuster
Date Published: March 22, 2011
Rating: 5/5

In the not-too-distant future. Because of genetic engineering, every human is a ticking time bomb--males only live to age thwenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. to keep the population from dying out, girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriages.

When sixteen-year old rhine is taken, she enters a world of wealth and priviledge that both entices and terrifies her, She has everything she ever wanted--except freedom. With the help of abriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to escape before it's too late.
God, I love dystopians! And this one blew me away yet again. So let me set the stage. Years ago, man tried to become God and make humans live longer, only it backfired causing men to only like til 25 and women to 20. This completely ruins things because everyone knows the time to party is ages 21-28...I mean, you can't even drink until 21! Though I'm even sure if there is a drinking age here, just think about what could be missed out.

Sixteen year-old Rhine is kidnapped and ends up becoming a sister wife alongside two other girls, one nineteen (Jenna) and the other thirteen (Cecily). It's easy to see why Rhine is most favored by their husband Linden since she looks so much like the wife he just lost. Though Rhine wants nothing less than to get it on with Linden and she tries everything she can to figure out how to escape.

Little did she know a boy named Gabriel would be tending to her needs every day. He was cute, but way off limits since he worked for the house as a servant (and I'm sure he was even good with his hands...). But how could Rhine resist him? This book was just fantastic! At first, the pace was slow for me since I love action. But this book really needs no action to portray the harshness of this society. And Lauren wrote it beautifully!

It's safe to say that if this way ever what mankind comes to, I'd just hope to be one of the first gens. Lauren writes this world with such a harsh reality of the situation. Where girls we being kidnapped, killed, and taken as unwilling wives. And her world-building was perfect too!

I felt Rhine's pain as she longed for freedom and to be with her brother Rowan again. Her character was heartbreaking yet she drew me in with her independent attitude and care-free action. At first, I hated Linden but I came to pity him moreso as the story unfolded. Housemaster Vaughn (aka Linden's dad) was a majorly evil douchbag of a father and I really did hate him, even from the beginning. these are just a few of the characters but they were all well written and developed!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it will be added to my list of favorite dystopians, easily! Well done, Lauren, for this amazing book. Oh, hot damn, do you see that cover?! Gorgeous!


  1. I am really considering hacking Lauren DeStefano's computer, just so I can read the sequel.

    But don't tell her I said that!

  2. I am such a fan of this book! I love to see other reviews of it. I agree that the world building was great!

  3. AHH. This book! I read this in freaking December and I'm STILL trying to bring myself to formulate some semblance of a review other than "OMG AWESOME" was just such an incredible experience for me that I kind of just want to let myself enjoy it and savor that first experience, read it again and then review.

    Really great review! I absolutely loved Rhine instantly and loved how caring she was but how gutsy she could be when she needed.And YES..Linden's dad = Grade A douchebag. I actually started to feel so sorry for Linden and couldn't understand how hard it must be to live with him.

  4. Great review. It sucks about the drinking age, doesn't it? I can't believe I still haven't read this!

  5. Enjoyed your review. I love the book now that I finished it. Like you, I thought the pace was a bit slow. Almost put it down. Now....can't wait for the sequel!