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Wither (Chemical Garden) - Lauren DeStefano
Wither (Chemical Garden)
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By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to... show more
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781442409057 (1442409053)
ASIN: 1442409053
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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DrAwkto Reads
DrAwkto Reads rated it
2.0 Wither (Chemical Garden)
Pacing was nice and the plot was intriguing. I read it in one sitting cause I just didn’t want to put it down. The ending doesn’t leave me wanting more of the books though. I’ll read them if I have access to them but I won’t be searching for them.
Quite the Wondering Selection
Quite the Wondering Selection rated it
3.0 Wither (Chemical Garden)
Decent, quick read. Did not care for all the flashbacks, especially at the end, but I guess they were needed. Decent character development, even though they were a little stereotypical with the goth/wiccan daughter of the school president, the jock, etc.
TheBookHuntress
TheBookHuntress rated it
An enchanting read! I felt like I was dreaming.- The book has a contemporary feel to it, which I loved.- There's not much action and the plot is rather slow-paced, but the gorgeous writing makes up for it.- I loved the athmosphere, and the story is also really engaging and thoughtful.
Britt's Books
Britt's Books rated it
4.0 Wither (Chemical Garden)
Probably more like 4.5 stars.I thought the first person, present tense would turn me off, but DeStefano uses the tense brilliantly. I love Rhine's voice, and I love how strong she is. It's the type of strong that is quiet - but determined.The world of this series is scary, and I can imagine it a lit...
Little Pieces of Imagination
Little Pieces of Imagination rated it
4.0
Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 starsI didn’t really plan on giving this series a try, but then suddenly most of the bloggers started to showcase the third book in this series – Sever – in their book hauls in youtube and around blogoverse and I have to admit, I became interested. Then I revisited the GR...
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