Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Hardcover: 358 pages

Publication: March 22, 2011

Rhine is a normal sixteen years old, trying to make it by with whats left of her life. Due to a terrible virus that has hit America, children developed cancer. As a solution, scientist started experimenting on genes to create perfect, disease free children. The side effects are girls live up till the age of twenty, and boys live up till the age of twenty-five. This new norm in society, has caused many children without homes, food, and protection. Rhine has been kidnapped along other girls of different ages to be gathered and sold to become someone’s bride. Miles away from a place she has called home all her life, Rhine must face her reality that no one knows where she is, she must marry and bear children, and there is no escape. Can she survive this or will she die before her time?

I breeze through this book, it was very well paced. I thought the concept was unique, I haven’t read anything like this plot before. There were parts of the storyline that was a little unnerving for me, the fact that a thirteen year old was force to marry. Regardless of fact that girls die quicker and they need live long enough to bear children, I still was comfortable with it. Besides that, I enjoyed reading this book, and will read the next one.

I give this book 4/5 stars!