March 14, 2011

ARC Review | Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Pages: 372 [eARC] 
Original Language: English
Source: Galley Grab* 


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.

[via Goodreads] 

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Wither has been one of my anticipated books to read this year. And who wouldn't love its cover? How amazing is that and very stare-worthy! This book is obviously my second YA dystopian read. Other than Delirium which I had finished posting my review.

This one is exhilarating and undeniably brilliant read. Wither is worth-dying for!
The Plot. What more can I say? This is perfectly original and very, very fresh. I love to see the new world in different dangerous occurrence. And this one didn't disappoint me.

The storyline is very scary and I don't wish this would happen in the real world. *laughs* I couldn't imagine myself to die at the age of 25 and never experienced adulthood. And you already know when and how will it take your life.

I was breath-taken by DeStefano writing this novel. I couldn't make out a proper word how to express my amazement on how this book enthralled me.

The humor was set in mild tone, making it more serious. But thankfully, contents of the sense of humor helps it to make the book brighten. There isn't much action though it was grabbed by heartrending drama and gasping thrilling scene. I was touched my deep sense of emotions here that I couldn't feel so bad about it. I was surprised that how it affects me. And it was amazing!

The love story episodes really drives me to read it. And if you're asking me who'll I choose for Rhine? My bet is more on Linden than Gabriel. :]

The Characters. Rhine was a great protagonist. She is more in a balanced of weakness and strength. I almost thought of her sometime to be selfish, although she has this brilliant vibe that turns out to be different and making it like she was dedicated on getting what she really wants. She was brilliantly described as kind, caring and intelligent. In short, a very cool girl!

I am not sure whom I call to be the male MC. Gabriel or Linden. Well... If you read the book, you'll probably think of Gabriel. Though I do like Linden more. At times, I really can't read him. He's weird though I loved him when he and Rhine are alone. They're such a adoring couple.

The relationship between Rhine and Gabriel is quite a fuzz though. It was like easy to fall in-love however the word love wasn't mention from both of them. See? I'd prefer Linden because he's more attached for Rhine... Obviously, she is compelled to her mission that she didn't notice his real affection. She is totally blind. *laughs*

I am more afraid of Housemaster Vaughn. Goodness! He is so frightening! I can't even stand when his name is mentioned. He was being nice though evil is lurking to his old first generation stench. I am sure you'll feel the same when you read it.

Tiny Flaw. I don't see much of a flaw but I saw one. Small perhaps. If you have this book, I think you know about the virus? And if I asked you... When did the virus started and came from? There is no sense... It didn't even mention on how, why when and what. So I am guess that part was maybe set aside for the next installment of the book. So I think it is not much of a problem. Is it?

I recommend this book to those people fell in-love with dystopian books. Surely, this one is deserved to put on your bookshelf. And I promise this one won't disappoint you.

Wither is a perfect start for this series and can't wait for its forthcoming books soon! :]

*I received this free eGalley via from publisher Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing via Simon and Schuster Galley Grab in exchange for my honest review. Thanks guys!^^

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Birdy Books said...

I want to read this so bad!

Lilly Bear ♡ said...

Great review, Marrion! I really adored this book, as well. Don't know how I'll wait until the sequel! :)

Sidne,the BCR said...

would definitely be a different read for me. i'm going to place it on my list of challenge my self to read and hopefully i will get to end before the year is out.

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