Wither

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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442409057
1442409053
Branch Call Number: y DESTEFANO 2011
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 22 cm

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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.

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.

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. Book 1 of the Chemical Garden trilogy.

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.


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EmilyPrime
Jun 11, 2017

I have exactly zero complaints about this book, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. FINALLY a book with character development, this is how it's done. Cannot wait to get my hands on book 2.

JCLDebbieF Feb 09, 2017

Beautiful writing by Ms. DeStefano, but a very disturbing premise.

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Futuregohangurl
Sep 03, 2016

a very good dystopian book. i would recommend this to people who like the selection series.

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Crazy_2975
Jun 08, 2016

I have to admit that I actually gave up on this book pretty early on but decided to give it another chance. After reading about halfway through I actually managed to enjoy it and read the rest of the series.

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brazj91
Dec 28, 2015

Very interesting concept for a dystopian themed series, I loved it right away and the twists and turns the plot took me on while I was reading it. Couldn't wait to read the second installment!

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puzumaki
May 14, 2015

What bothers me most about this is that no one thought to tell someone how they got there, and it's obvious that some folks don't know. There's a good deal of internal dialogue and relationship building, but not a whole lot of action. Very similar to The Elite and other poor girl ends up in rich guy harem in dystopic future type books, although the protagonist in this story is a lot stronger than the main character in The Elite. Quick easy read.

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erin89
Aug 31, 2014

Definitely enjoyed this book! Fast pace and doesn't get boring. Can't wait to grab the next one!

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kwiley4
Jan 30, 2014

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

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MeganMcCreedy
Oct 11, 2013

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!!!

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emilyswartzer
Sep 11, 2013

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.

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mvkramer Aug 23, 2013

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.

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lkolkma
Jun 03, 2013

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laurakgrimm
Jul 07, 2012

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.

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juliabrillinger
Jun 24, 2011

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

YSlibrarian May 16, 2011

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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Livi99
Aug 15, 2015

"His eyes, green, like two exclamation marks, meet mine. He smiles. ... He keeps walking, and I stare at my shoes. Stupid! I should never looked up. The strange color of my eyes is the first thing anyone ever notices."

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daemongirl16
Jun 04, 2013

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

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laurakgrimm
Jul 07, 2012

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

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Mahala
Dec 08, 2011

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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