The Chemical Garden Trilogy (Book 1)
By Lauren Destefano
Expected Publication: April 2013
Length: 358 pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Other Books in Series:
Fever (2 The Chemical Garden)
Sever (3 The Chemical Garden)
Read If you liked: The Selection, Elite, by Kiera Cass or The Program by Suzanne Young
Synopsis from Goodreads
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?
Wither is a Beautiful written Sinister Dystopian. In the not so distant future, genetic scientists were able to create a generation of perfect babies, unfortunately the Generations after succumb to a horrible virus which leaves men only living to the age of 25 and women 20.
This is not the horrifying part, The first Generations( the genetically engineered perfect people) are trying to find a cure to save their children and grandchildren, to do this they need subjects to test. Some mothers living on the street offer their babies to the scientist voluntarily, as well as women and children as young as thirteen are snatched of the street by gatherers, to be sold as polygamy brides.
Rhine and her twin brother rely on themselves after their parents are killed in a bomb explosion, to support each other they take jobs when they can, Rhine decides to surprise her brother with extra money when she signs up as a test subject, when she gets there however her and a number of other girls are kidnapped and shipped off for sale to a wealthy man to become his brides.
Rhine finds herself far from home, in a luxurious mansion with promises to be looked after until she dies, except sinister things keep happening around her and she misses her brother so with the help of some household slaves and her sister wives Rhine starts planning her escape.
Wither is a disturbingly dark read, but keeps you hooked from the start to the finish wanting more. It is beautifully written. The Romance part of this dystopian is not just between another slave that Rhine is forbidden to see, which is a sweet romance but not very in-depth or dramatic. What really stands out in Wither is the love that Rhine has for her sister wives, I originally thought that they would hate each other, but they grew into a really deep bonding that was beautiful, and heartbreaking.
This book is a very dark emotional read, but I found it to be one of the best reads I have read all year.
- Wither – Lauren DeStefano (timothywynne1995.wordpress.com)
- Worth the read: “Wither” by Lauren DeStefano (janelleevans.wordpress.com)