Series: Chemical Garden Trilogy #1
Published by Simon & Schuster's Childrens Books on 3/22/2011
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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!
Freedom, Gabriel. That’s what you can’t get here.
Liked this review? Check out my review of The Restorer!