Wither by: Lauren DeStefano
Published : March 2011
Version Read : Kindle/Owned
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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.
I was so excited to get this book, after hearing so much about it from my friends. I thought the storyline was interesting and unique. Well as much as something like this can be unique. Unlike most of my friends I felt this story could actually happen to the world at some distant point in the future. The government does pump us with drugs all the time as it is.
Anyway, I loved Rhine as a main character. I felt her pain and the little joy that she had. I understood her motives for doing things, although I didn’t always agree with her. I love that she never loses sight of what she wants. Her husband Linden had to grow on me. Someone who willingly keeps his wife (or wives in this case) enslaved in the house is not a person I want to like. But the more I understood his personal life, the more I accepted some of the things he did. Rhine’s sister wives could have been a little more “real”. They seemed to be a little too cookie-cutter sometimes.
I was sad that book ended, but I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I recommend this book to anyone who can suspend their vision of what’s possible in the future. And anyone looking for a great quick read.