Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)Title: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release: March 22, 2011
Pages: 358
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive.

Wither has been a book that I have been dying to get my hands on. Although I was not a fan of the cover, I had heard such great things about it that I decided to pick it up from my local bookstore upon their recommendation, and am I ever glad I did so! At the beginning of the book I was a little irked by some of the themes covered (to be spoiler free, I won't mention those) but as I continued to read, I found myself able to overcome that sensation by means of the quality of the book. The writing was great, though at times a bit repetitive. I also found Rhine to be a bit frustrating because of her constant changes of heart. On the other hand, I was also refreshed to find that the protagonist wasn't perfect. The plot moved fairly fast, with a few slow points here and there. I would recommend this book to mature teen readers who enjoy dystopian books. Overall, there were so many questions left unanswered and such a cliffhanger ending that I will be for sure be going to get Fever when it comes out, but until then, Wither gets a 4/5.


  1. I LOVED this one. One of my favorite reads of the year.

    Stopping by from Follow Friday, new follower here! Loved your superhero...librarians really are, aren't they?!


  2. What a gorgeous blog!! And I felt almost the same about Wither:)

    I'm a new follower!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  3. I have this one on my shelf waiting TBR. New Follower hopping thru for FF. Have a great weekend and Check out my response at Gimme The Scoop Reviews

  4. Hi! Congrats making the feature in Friday Follow!
    New Follower. Come see my Alter-ego & 2 Awesome Giveaways! Have a great weekend!

  5. Hi!! Hopping over from Alison Can Read's site... congrats on the FF!! New follower!!

  6. Great review. Congrats making the fearture in Friday Follow!

    New Follwer


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