Saturday, September 17, 2011
Title: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Page Count: 358 pages
Publish Date: March 22, 2011
Book Type: Library Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Picture from Amazon
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.
My Review: This cover is absolutely, 100% gorgeous. 1) I wish my hair was that awesome. 2) I love the circles and lines connecting the significant parts of the cover. 3. It’s just SO pretty.
I have to admit that the cover is what made me read this book. I eventually was sucked into the story as well. I do wish that there was more world building. Just like with my recent review of All These Things I’ve Done, I thought the world building was severely lacking in Wither. Why did everyone decide to take the “cancer cure”? I can’t imagine that every single person would consent to that without it being thoroughly tested. Why is all but North America destroyed? I just want more things explained!
Fortunately, these setbacks did not hinder my enjoyment of this book too much. I thought the character building was very well done. I got a good sense for who they were and the motives behind their actions. It was also a really quick read. Lauren DeStefano’s writing style flowed nicely and sucked me into the story.
I’m looking forward to the sequel and how that we get a little more of the world building in there!
What about you, have you read Wither? What’s your favorite dystopian?