Series: The Chemical Garden
Number in Series: 1
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Genre:Young Adult/Dystopian/Science Fiction/Romance
Synopsis 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. Editor's recommendation.
Wither is about a dystopian world where advances in science have ruined the future. Due to the children born with the help of science to create the perfect child in order to stop cancer and other various diseases; those children can’t live past their 20s. Girls live up to the age of 20, boys live up to the age of 25. So, of course, there are scientists trying to figure out the problem. But there are those that believe this is the way how things should be. And there are those that are taking advantage of the situation. They are called Gatherers. Since most children now are orphans, they kidnap little girls to sell to their potential husbands to stop the world from dying out or they just kill them. This is where we meet our main character, Rhine. She and three other girls have been kidnapped and taken to a luxurious home in an unfamiliar area. She is on a mission to escape so she can go back to her twin brother, Rowan. Their husband may not be the monster she thought he was, but his father may be a bigger monster than they all thought.
I liked Linden because he wasn’t as bad as I thought. In fact, it seems that due to his dad, he is as big a prisoner as the girls. We see how he acts after his First Wife, Rose, dies. He is crushed; he doesn’t act like she is easily replaceable. It is here something grows between him and Rhine and it actually had me cheering him on a bit. I really can’t wait to see more of him.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. I am not sure how this review is looking because it is hard not to spoil with this one. It is even harder to write a review about a book worth raving about. I swear to you, this is not even half of the amazing stuff I wanted to talk about in this book. This is amazing debut by DeStefano. Suspenseful, well written and thrilling, this book will not bore you for sure. This is also an amazing YA book. Although please take note that some will need an open mind with this one. Remember, 20-25 years is the end, so there are instances of sex at a young age. But it is only hinted at, we aren’t shown anything. I just have to make sure I put that in there since this book focuses on the end of the human population and end of old age, that this is the way it is handled. Okay, I am stopping now. Read this!