Review: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (Chemical Garden, #1)Title: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; dystopian
Source: hardcover – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

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.

My Review:

Women die at the tender age of 20. Men die at the tender age of 25. Wealthy men have polygamous marriages to keep the population going. This is the worst possible outcome of medicine going wrong!

Wither had me hooked from the very first page! DeStefano’s writing has this magnificent pull that immediately sucks you into the world of her characters. This being her debut novel, she has done a wonderful job.

Rhine was determined and strong. She wanted her old life back and didn’t want to be a wife to a man who himself did not know the truth about the world. From the very beginning of the book she was plotting her escape, making sure that the glitz and the glamour of this artificial world did not convince her of staying.

DeStefano created this riveting world that scared and intrigued you at the same time. This actually became about why i like dystopian novels and enjoy reading them so much. The title of the book went very well with the background of the story. Science has left us to rot and in the end while we look for an antidote we’ll actually just ‘wither’ away.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!