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Wither

DeStefano, Lauren (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Wither


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After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
Authors: DeStefano, Lauren
Title: Wither
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 358 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Lauren DeStefano
Summary: After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
ISBN: 9781442409057
1442409053
Branch Call Number: y DESTEFANO 2011
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Report This Jan 30, 2014
  • kwiley411 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I so disagree with many of the negative comments here. Isn't that the point of a fiction book, to be imaginative and creative, not realistic. I LOVED the whole trilogy, these are the kinds of books I love to read, adventure, action, and suspense. :D

Report This Oct 11, 2013
  • _Maigan_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is definitely one of my favorites at the moment!! I think while the situation may be a little unrealistic, with such short lifespans, but it was told in such a way that it came across as plausible and even realistic. I loved this book so much! I have seen in other comments that it makes far more sense to take wives from orphanages than to kidnap them, but unfortunately, I can't really see a future such as this where that isn't an issue... Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and am really looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy!!!

Report This Sep 11, 2013
  • emilyswartzer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Rhine Ellery is 16-years old. and only has 4 years left to live. In a genetically engineered world, the first generation created a virus to make a race of perfect humans. But it went awry, and now males live to age 25 and females live to age 20. Rhine is taken and sold as a bride to Governor Linden. There are three of them. They are all married to him. She is not special, she is expendable, and Linden's first wife has the virus. Rose is slowly dying and Linden is very sad for he truly loves her. Jenna, Rhine, and Cecily are all different. Jenna resents Linden because she doesn't want to spend the rest of her life like this, and her sisters were on the truck with her. They were murdered. Rhine hates the thought of being a bride and wants to get back to her brother. Cecily is oblivious to what actually happens to brides. Housemaster Vaughn is working on a "cure" for the virus and has been for his whole life. But Rhine finds out the truth. He is using Linden's dead wife and child to find a cure. Linden wasn't given their ashes to scatter. They were someone else's. So when Jenna starts spying, she learns to much for Vaughn's liking and falls ill. They all think it is the virus, but Jenna is only 19. After she is dead, Cecily tells her that she let Housemaster Vaughn know that Jenna was sneaking around. Cecily has killed Jenna by telling Vaughn. Rhine knows that she has little time to escape with Gabriel. She knows Linden will be heartbroken, but she also knows that she doesn't have much time left if she stays. Vaughn will tell him that she is dead anyway. She must go while she can. I thought that Wither had a very intriguing concept. I also thought it was executed pretty well. Wither is definitely worth a try.

Report This Sep 02, 2013
  • Monikan21 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not my favourite at all - it all seems so unreal. I totally agree with "mvkramer" below. How can children who die at 20 or 25 upkeep a world described in the book. It seems obvious that kids that do not even go to school are unable to create "holograms" or learn to play the piano etc.... I did not bond with Rhine at all, she just seems too flat. Her escape plan is a joke - not to take anything of value/money - SILLY. I am still debating whether to read the rest of the trilogy. Also, it makes soooo much more sense to take "wives" from orphanages rather than stealing them.

Report This Aug 23, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This book suffers from a lack of execution. The premise is really interesting, but the author didn't push it enough -- or maybe just didn't think it through. The worldbuilding is weak. I always found myself asking why things were the way they were. I mean -- who's doing all the work? Children? Think about it -- in modern society most people begin being productive members of society when they're 20-25. How much can you get accomplished with only child labor and teenagers? The setup of the book with Rhine's confinement seems like a good vehicle for a story of emotional turmoil, but it just falls flat. Maybe if Rhine changed at all during the course of the story it would have worked, but her personality and desires do not really develop. She's just pushed around by events.

Report This Aug 17, 2013
  • JINGNA_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed reading this book.

Report This Jul 16, 2013
  • Stiefvater rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A really good beginning to what I had hopped to have been a great trilogy. I enjoyed the setting and the characters are very well developed. A really great quick, easy, read.

Report This Jun 03, 2013
  • lkolkma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

good, quick read

A fantastic beginning of a trilogy for action-lovers and romantics!! :-D

Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • izzyb14 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Captivating story. There were some pretty sad parts...well, come to think of it, the whole book was pretty darn sad! I didn't love the main character (she was slightly annoying to me for some reason) but all the characters were so interesting in their different ways. I like how the author captured the three girls' very different personalities. Jenna was my favourite. I really want to know what happens in the next book.

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Report This Oct 02, 2013
  • ANNA TRAN NGUYEN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ANNA TRAN NGUYEN thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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  • violet_human_30 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • blue_swan_55 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • laurakgrimm rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Aug 23, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

In the future, humanity tinkers with their own genetic code, trying to create a perfect generation. And they do -- but at a terrible cost. All generations after that first one are cursed to early death -- boys at 25, girls at 20. There is no cure. In this broken world, Rhine lives with er twin brother Rowan, trying to hold on to what little they have. That is, until Rhine is kidnapped to be a sister wife, one of three, for the wealthy Linden Ashby. Although Rhine has everything she could possibly want in a material sense, she chafes at her confinement and worries about her brother. In her efforts to earn her husband's trusts, she finds herself sympathizing with him, but at the same time she finds herself falling for a young servant named Gabriel - which could put them both in horrible danger.

Report This Jun 03, 2013
  • lkolkma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

good

Report This Jul 07, 2012
  • laurakgrimm rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

In a world were every girl dies when she hits twenty, but is usually kidnapped to have children for men (who die at 25) who have multiple wives. This is the situation that Rhine finds herself in, but she refuses to give in to a life stuck with no freedom and so many lies. She befriends the servant who brings her food and gets to know her capture and sister wives. This book shows her day to day life and the plans that she creates to find her brother and freedom with the help of Gabriel, her attendant/ lover.

Report This Jun 24, 2011
  • juliabrillinger rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rhine is 16 years old and is going to die in 4 years. In her society, woman live to 20 and men to 25 due to a terrible virus created by and experiment-gone-wrong that happened 2 generations ago. In her world, almost everyone is under the age of 25 except for the first generation, who were born before the virus and linger at 70 years old, watching their children and grandchildren die. To combat the end of the human race, wealthy men take young girls and woman as brides. Rhine is one such bride, chosen from a group of a dozen kidnapped girls along with two others to wed 21-year-old Linden. Those who were not chosen were shot. ---See my full review here: http://throughthebookvine.blogspot.com/2011/04/wither.html

Report This May 16, 2011
  • YSlibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lauren DeStefano has created a terrifying world, where at 16 a girl is considered an old maid, and no one expects to live beyond 25. Can you begin to imagine the social, economical and political repercussions of such a dramatically shorter life span that suddenly plagues what is left of the world? It’s an interesting (albeit terrifying) idea, and I’m pretty fascinated by the parts of the book that describe life outside the mansion that is essentially Rhine’s prison.

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Report This Jun 04, 2013
  • daemongirl16 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Report This Jul 07, 2012
  • laurakgrimm rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

and it only seems fitting that, in this moment of illusion, the words just come out of me.

Report This Dec 08, 2011
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I can feel our husband standing in the doorway, the closeness of his wives frightens him. As if one dying wife could be the dealth of all three.

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