Saturday, June 18, 2011

Review: Wither

Book: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 358
Source: KPL
Stars: 5/5
What if you knew exactly when you would die?  

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.
(summary taken from Goodreads)

Can I first just say how much I love this cover? I know that you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this one is literally one of my favourites of all time!

I've read so many awesome reviews for this book and they were all spot on! Lauren DeStefano's writing was brilliantly beautiful. I was never bored reading this book! Like author Carrie Ryan said in the blurb on the back cover, Wither was "exactly the kind of book I've been craving to read!"

I adored Rhine! With her strength and determination, she was never a stranger to me. Each and every character in this book was so flawlessly created that I couldn't help but have distinct opinions about each.

Of course, I'm sure that there will be many people who will dislike this book because of some tough subjects that it deals with. But I'm positive that there will also be many people who love it as much as I do!

I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read it yet, but I just have to say that Wither is and will probably remain one of my favourite books of the year. I have no doubt that it'll be sticking with me for a long time!

BUY or BORROW?: Buy it! I borrowed this book because I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but now I'm definitely going out to the store to get myself a copy so I can re-read it as I please! :)



  1. great review - I had no idea that in the book women die at 20! I really must read it.

    And I absolutely pick up books based on their cover...naughty of me, I know!

  2. @Hannah : LOL don't worry! I do the same thing with books -- the cover is usually the thing that catches my attention first, then I read it if the synopsis sounds good x)

    And you should definitely read this one! It's such a breathtaking book! :)

  3. Wither was my favorite 2011 Debut author read. The writing was just so beautiful. I always was lost in the story the moment I picked it up.


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