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Monday, August 29, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

I decided to read this book purely on the recommendations from other book bloggers. That's something I love about this community. I find so many great recs just by following and reading everyone's blogs. Here's the summary from Goodreads: Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings.

I'll admit I was a little hesitant going into this book. I'm all for dystopian books, but I wasn't sure how the whole polygamous marriage thing would play out.

What I liked: 1) This was a gloss free book. Ya know what I mean, some books imply that a lot of tough things will happen, but then don't deliver? They just gloss over them? That's not the case at all in Wither. Every issue was met directly, and was very raw. 2) Gabriel. I enjoyed his presence in Rhine's life, and overall he was just an enjoyable character. I can't wait to learn more about him in the Book 2, Fever. 3) The idea of the virus. It was complete, and well explained. There is this virus that has been killing off people at the tender age of 20 for women, 25 for me. But luckily the origin, or the reason at least, is partially explained. You aren't left wondering why all of a sudden, this virus is killing off young adults. 4) Rhine. Actually I liked Rhine and Jenna both very well. And I liked Linden also, even though he's supposed to be villain-esque. Or, villain-lite. What's so unique about these characters is that they are mature. Very mature for their age. Which, when their life-span is 20-25 years, is a necessity.

What I didn't like: 1) The ending moved very fast. A fast pace isn't usually a downfall. But there were a few places I had to go back and re-read, because I felt a little confused. It just interrupted the flow, which was great otherwise.

Overall thoughts: I could not put this book down. When I finished it, I was immediately ready to read it again. Everything about it had me completely drawn into the story. Any confusion that may have occurred near the end for me was monumentally overshadowed by the creativity, the writing and the idea. Somehow, despite the fact that I've never encountered any of the issues that Rhine and the other characters face in the book, Miz DeStefano wove a tale so real that I could feel myself empathizing. It really was fantastic, and I'm now counting the days until Fever is released!

My rating: 5 shots


  1. I had no idea about the ending. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. I put this one on my list after another blogger posted about it, and your review is making me put it on my Nook! Thanks for the recommendation about this creative tale encompassing timeless themes of aging!

  3. I couldn't end up finishing Wither :( I just couldn't believe keep believing in it. The indiscriminate killings didn't ring true to me in a world where people die at 20 or 25. Plus Linden was so creepy I don't get why Rhine felt sorry for him at all. Glad that you enjoyed it though!

  4. this sounds an interesting read i am a little hesitant about dystopian reads but this does look good and I do really like the cover!

  5. Wow this sounds excellent! Loads of great dystopian titles out there!

    <3 Britta

  6. I really liked this one too - can't wait to find out more about Gabriel either! Great review :).

  7. I love dystopian novels, and I've heard awesome things about Wither, especially with Fever coming out. I've yet to read it, but I really want to! Great review. :)

  8. JuJu - Definitely shouldn't discourage anyone from reading it though!
    Uomo - I hope you like it!! I'm already ready to read it again.
    Lan - I understand. There are some books that make me feel that way too, they are just too unbelievable. I didn't think Linden was as creepy as his father, but he did have his moments!
    Melissa - This is a great dystopian because it's so different than the other ones! I hope you like it if you decide to read it!
    Britta - It was great!
    Liz - I know, I am anxious to find out more about them. What makes me so anxious is knowing that there is this timetable on their lives! Will there be a cure?!?!
    Sophia - I know, I am counting the days until Fever! I'll be first in line to get that one!

    Thanks for stopping by everyone!

  9. I really enjoyed this book. You're right, things definitely speed up towards the end. I can't wait for FEVER though!

    Did you borrow this one? If you don't have your own copy yet, I'm hosting a giveaway for a hardcover copy of WITHER for #SqueakyBirthday2011!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR


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