Mini Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

first book in The Chemical Garden trilogy
by Lauren DeStefano
ISBN: 1442409053

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.
Although I do find Rhine's situation to be quite a dilemma of sorts.  In a similar situation, will I remain the first wife of a wealthy, young man, a woman who will want for nothing but is in a highly, illusionary (if there is such a word) cage or will I also long for freedom to do what I will?  I will not be able to answer that question since I haven't encountered that situation before; but people will say that when you have only such time to live why not spend it in the most comfortable way possible versus living in destitution worrying day and night for your daily survival.

Well, it was certainly different.  Brilliant but different from the usual YA fare that I've read.  No epic 'something' that transformed an ordinary girl to THE girl who will change the world, no love story that will rival all other tragedies, no magic nor hocus-pocus that will empower the characters, no showdown during the climax and no dilly-dallying.

Just good, old, fast-paced storytelling that will rock your world.


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