Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Book Review Tuesday!

Today's book is Wither by Lauren DeStefano

YA Dystopian
Release Date: March 22nd 2011

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.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

I wasn't sure about this book, since the description sounded a little crazy, but I can honestly say it was a great read. I really enjoyed it. The story drew me in with the very first page. The characters were all well developed, all with different problems and personalities.
I loved Rhine's character. I love how she stayed true to herself. How the only thing she cared about was her freedom, and the safety of her "sister wives". She never let her guard down, and always knew what was going on around her.
I felt bad for Linden's character. He never really knew what was going on, but he had a good heart. As for Gabriel, I thought he was a great love interest for Rhine. They had great chemistry, and I'm rooting for them!!
Overall, I'm excited to see where this story takes us next! I can't wait for the sequel!

Any books you'd like to recommend? I'm always looking for a good read!


Michelle Merrill said...

Interesting. I might have to read it :) I have a couple of book reviews on my blog today if you want to know what I've been reading.

Jeigh said...

Sounds interesting. I'm curious why Linden's father would still be alive...I'll have to read and find out! Thanks for the recommendation.

Candice said...

Sounds like a really unique book. I love dystopian, so I might have to pick it up.

Crystal Collier said...

Very unique. *like* Thanks for sharing this one. I might have never come across it otherwise.