[Review] Wither | Lauren DeStefano

Posted on 12/19/2011 in Book Review / 7 Comments

[Review] Wither | Lauren DeStefanoWither by Lauren DeStefano
Series: Chemical Garden Trilogy #1
Published by Simon & Schuster's Childrens Books on 3/22/2011
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 358
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.


Good gracious! The hype surrounding Wither by Lauren DeStefano is spot on. After months of seeing review after review and hearing other bloggers talk about how great this Dystopian novel is, I HAD to purchase it and read it for myself, because I can’t resist a good dystopia. And OMGoodness did it give me everything I wanted and more. Purely magical, I tell you!

In Wither, society has succeeded in vaccinating for every known disease, creating a generation that is incapable of becoming ill. They are truly immune to every virus, sickness, and cancer. They don’t even contract the common cold. They have the perfect immune systems. So everything is hunky dory, right?

Wrong. Their children, and their children’s children are unable to live past a very young age; 25 for males, 20 for females, leaving all future generations a very short span of time to, for lack of a better word, breed. And breed they must, or civilization as they know it dies with them.

I LOVED Wither. I loved everything about it: the descriptive and fluid writing style, the characters, the world-building. DeStefano does an excellent job in building this future world where we’ve done something incredibly wrong and our future generations are paying for it dearly. It is 100% completely believable, and the author really makes you feel as if you can step right into the pages. Her characters are wonderful. Rhine, the main character is unique and beautiful but still tough as nails and just as sharp. Everything she does is with a purpose and DeStefano writes her so incredibly well that you can’t help but love her. Her sister wives are lovable in their own ways, as well. Jenna, older and wiser in many, many ways, thirsts for knowledge and lives for the day she sees her sisters again. Cecily is impetuous and demanding but as a reader, you can’t help but be exasperated by her and still love her at the same time, as you would a small child.  I even liked the “villains” in this story because DeStefano doesn’t create a villain just to have one. Nope, she gives them a purpose in those pages, a goal they move towards, so you have a hard time hating them even though deep down, you really do. She has perfected the villain. I don’t want to name them because if you haven’t read it yet, it could spoil it for you.  Everything about this book is wonderful and if you havent read it yet (but really, who’s left?) you need to. Wither is nothing short of amazing and I can’t wait for her second book in the Chemical Garden series, Fever!


Favorite Quote

Freedom, Gabriel. That’s what you can’t get here.


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Purchase Links

This book was purchased via Amazon for the Kindle App for iPad. Blurb courtesy of Goodreads.

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.


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7 responses to “[Review] Wither | Lauren DeStefano

  1. This is definitely on my TBR list – I love a good apocalypse – and it certainly sounds like you enjoyed it!

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    […] WITHER was also amazing.  It’s such a fantastic dystopian to get lost in and Lauren DeStefano wrote it incredibly well.  I said in my review that I felt I could step right into the pages and Rhine’s world, it was so richly detailed.  I loved everything about WITHER, right down to the villains in the story.  It’s the perfect dystopian. […]

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