WITHER by Lauren DeStefano
About WITHER (taken from goodreads.com)
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?
Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?
Review of WITHER
This book didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. The whole idea that science has created the perfect children is really silly and I thought it was a stupid idea. Lets make the whole world perfect! Oh wait it’s not actually working, big surprise. Did scientists get stupider? I might have while reading this book. Girls die when they hit 20 and guys 25. First of all why different ages? Second of all I’m pretty sure it’s unrealistic that you could die exactly when you hit a certain age. That doesn’t make any sense. When people get sick now and doctors say you have so much time to live, it’s not down to the exact day. I don’t think science can evolve that much. So basically the author needed to check her scientific facts a little bit here. And apparently America is the only place that survived this huge war, every other continent was reduced to tiny islands. What can destroy entire continents? Really though? How does America survive whatever completely killed the rest of the world? None of the facts in this book are correct at all. They live in Florida and it snows, hurricane season starts in June not October and anything history related was completely wrong.
Next, this girl gets kidnapped from her basement where she lives with her brother and gets sent to this luxurious mansion and immediately she’s like nope I need to leave. You could barely find food and you aren’t even going to try and like this place you got sent to? I know one guy turns out to be crazy but I’m sure she could have enjoyed herself until she figures this out. I dunno maybe it’s just me. The characters were all just so stupid. I hated all of them. Nothing about this book appealed to me at all.
2 out of 5.
“I always knew I was an excellent liar; I just didn’t know that I had it in me to fool myself.”