Review Of Wither

Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Book: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Apocalyptic 
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Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: 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. 

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

Review: I wanted to love this book so bad. I wanted it to become another one of my favourite series, but something just felt...off.

The concept was cool. The whole "males only live until age 25 and females only live until age 20" thing should have set this book apart from the rest in its genre. It didn't.

The protagonist, Rhine was just so average and kind of boring. Basically she lacked depth. I didn't feel compelled to like her or feel sympathy for her. On top of that, she didn't really do much, and if she did it wasn't memorable enough. 

Her sister wives, on the other hand, were interesting and had good backstories that made me feel sorry for them. Also her husband, Linden was pretty clueless throughout the novel and I found myself wanting to either yell at him or give him a hug. 

DeStefano was an okay writer. I kind of felt as if she hadn't really shown the reader what she is capable of. Maybe the next book will show off her writing abilities better than this one.

Overall, Wither is more for the people who don't mind protagonists who lack depth and like apocalyptic novels.

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

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