by Kay Fraser
Wither is one of those books that you will remember weeks after you’ve read it. Maybe it’s the gorgeous packaging you can get enough of, maybe it’s the beautiful writing DeStefano he deep descriptions of grand lifestyles, amazing dresses, and lush hair do. , Wither is the kind of book that will remain in the back of your head and that you will compare to many others this upcoming year.
The word in Wither is very different one we know. It’s set in the future, yet Post Reconstruction feel to it. The world Wither develops is one were regular people get factory jobs, were orphans are 80% of the population the life expectancy is reduced to 20 for females and 25 for males.
In this world buil by Lauren DeStefano, cancer was cured by geneticist no sickness ould harm humanity. That is, until he Virus came around. The irus that attacks between the ages of 20 and 25.
In a desperate attempt to keep the human population increasing, igh class families have adopted polygamy house lordtake various girls as wives to procreate and expand the odds prevailing in the harsh world.
Rhine is the daughter of geneticist were killed in a terrible uprising against genetic research Since their parents death, Rhine and her twin bother Ronan, live hiding n their basement most of the time working to barely make a living. The basement is the safest place in the house under the circumstances. People are desperate look for anything they can steal and s for money, goods, food, belongings, other people.
Yes, in the Wither world people are traded bought like goods. Orphans are sold as servants to rich families ome the orphanages and poverty some hate the freedom. And then there is sale of girls. Rhine heard stories of the Gatherers, stories of girls taken from their houses in their sleep or girls that are walking down the streets, drugged and dump into the back of a truck to sold as wives to the rich. Ronan wouldn’t allow that to happen. Rhine take turns sleeping; he watches her, always keeping her safe on the streets.
Until that day.
The day Rhine was taken by those men.
The day she found herself locked in the back of a with a bunch of other girls her age. It was dark, scary; girls cried in terror and Rhine wasn’t sure if she was going to make it out of there. They took her out of the in the cold. Mae her stand in line with the rest of them. A man walked down the linenspecting the merchandise. kept her eyes looking straight at him. Her eyes gave her away as a collectable. She was sold that night with two other girls. The three were to become new wives. ose their freedom, their identit, their histor, their famil.
What would you do to be free? hat exten would you toremain yourself? To not lose your essence, but yet stay alive?
Wither was one of the most interesting reads I’ve had yet this year. There is romance that molds and shapes the story slowly. Relationships develop naturally between the characters, keeping you on the edge of what might happen between them. I highly recommend this book for all lovers of the genre looking for an original concept haven’t heard before, this might be your book. Yes, it’s a dystopian book like many others releasing this year, but it certainly ha a different twist. Well worth to look into .
DeStefano’s Wither will be released on March 22, 2011. I can’t wait to get my hardcover copy of this gorgeous book, and to hear what’s next for the Chemical Garden Trilogy One book down, two more to read.
Kay Fraser is a book designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, residing in Minneapolis. Her dark secret? She is bilingual. When she’s not designing, reading, writing, over-drinking coffee, or chasing around her two little monsters, she’s on Twitter at @kaymfraser or blogging at designcomma.com.