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Wither is a YA dystopain novel written by Lauren DeStefano and published by Simon and Schuster BFYR.

The Story- In Rhine's world, everybody knows when they will die, boys at 25 and girls at 20. Rhine is only 16, she has four years left.
 Evidently, vaccines from previous generations went wrong, so now the children of the first vaccinated generation all die young. Scientists will do ANYTHING to fix the problem. Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride to a young rich man, whose father is a doctor doing evil deeds in the basement, along with 2 other sister brides. Rhine has only one desire, to escape and find her twin brother.

My Thoughts- I enjoyed the story. The cruelty of the world Rhine lives in is well formed, from her kidnapping to her father-in-law's search for a cure. I liked reading about the three sister brides. They are each different and their character's accentuate the truth about the future they live in. Rhine's character is so strong and brave. She handles her dire situation well and is able to actually find a place in her new world. The fact that her husband, Linden, is really a good guy and actually loves her, is a strong subplot and a twist to her main goal, escape.

For Parents- There is violence, death and a vivid scene about the disease ending someone's life. But, it works well with the book and is not gory or nightmarish. There are hints at sex, though nothing is ever talked about and it is only after the sister brides are married. Of course, it is a polygamous marriage.

#1 - July 22, 2011, 08:50 PM

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I was surprised, after reading some of the dystopians out there that this didn't have more action, but it didn't disappoint me at all. I love Rhine's character and the fact that Linden did seem to care for her shows how strong of a character she really is. I can't wait for the sequel.
#2 - July 22, 2011, 09:32 PM


I'd definitely classify this as a thoughtful, or more literary, dystopian.

Beautiful writing, also.

#3 - July 22, 2011, 09:36 PM


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