Wither by Lauren Destefano
published by Simon and Schuster
$17. 99 (US hardback)
What it's about:
What if you knew exactly when you would die?
Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.
This is a book that is going to stick with me for awhile. The world that Rhine lives in is so sickly fascinating. Knowing that you will die at the age of 20 if you are a female and it will be a painful death at that is horrible. What's even worse is how girls are kidnapped, sold into slavery or as young brides, or killed if they aren't picked. This world is so wrong but so intriguing. It grabs you right from the beginning.
The way that the sister brides come together to help each other is amazing to watch as it grows. How they all become bonded because of the horrible situation they are in even if they do not all feel the same way about it.
I don't want to say too much about this book just because there is not a lot to say about it that will be understood unless you have read the book. This is just a "wow" book that will keep your eyes glued to the pages until you've finished it, and then you'll be wishing you had the next book.
My rating: 10/10!
If I could find a poster of this book cover, I'd buy it. I'm also looking for the audiobook as well. I loved it that much.