#25 – Wither – Chemical Garden Trilogy – Lauren DeStefano

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? – Publishers Website

I was really skeptical about this book, but as I started reading it, I quite enjoyed it.  Imagine your life ending at 20 or 25 for a male.  What would you do knowing that you had a specific date of dying? What would you try to accomplish? Would you wallow in your sorrows or would you do everything you can with the time you had left?  But, in this first book of three Rhine one of the polygamous wives is on a search for her brother.  She needs to find a way out, but then she makes friends with the other wives as well as the staff.  Is she really going to risk it all to search or will she stay and live out the rest of her remaining years?

I am so looking forward to the rest of the 2 books that will be available hopefully soon, what about you?

Wither will be published and available in your favorite book store on March 22, 2011.

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