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Saturday, February 26, 2011

ARC Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Release Date:March 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Rated: YA

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?  

What I thought:

I couldn't help but be drawn in by such a great storyline. It was different from any book I've read. The virus that is plaguing man kind is such terrible thing and we experience its devastating effects for the first time along with Rhine.

I think this was flawless writing. We get back stories but the memories don't break up the story line, but instead we get some great insight into Rhine's life before becoming a wife and what it is that she so desperately clings on to. Truthfully, I wasn't expecting it to be this dark and a bit creepy. We don't know everything at the end of this and I'm glad the author isn't spelling everything out just yet. It leaves us hanging with a bit of mystery at the end and wondering just what is in store for later books.

I just loved this. I was enthralled from the first word and I couldn't put it down. I will be waiting impatiently for the next book. Very promising series that I look forward to reading!

My Rating:

 This ARC was given to me by S&S Galley Grab


Jamie said...

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I read it in December and STILL cannot get it out of my head. Seriously. It was one of my favorite books I read in 2010!

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