Wither (Chemical Garden #1) by, LaurenDeStefano March 22nd 2011 Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
What if you knew exactly when you would die?
Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.(goodreads)
My thoughts...Wither, the debut novel by Lauren DeStefano took me on an emotional journey. This is on my list of favorite books of the year. It will not disappoint fans of dystopian novels.
After creating a super being, who is free of disease and lives to old age, the human race was handed a horrible fate. The offspring generation is sentenced with an incredibly short life span. Men live to age 25, while the women only survive until the age of 20. This makes marriage and childbirth a necessity for the human population to survive. Girls are abducted, sorted by their genetic strengths and then sold to the highest bidders for breeding purposes. They are harrowing times.
Despite trying to avoid detection, Rhine is caught. She is forced to be one of the brides to a young man. While in his care Rose faces many trials of her strength, morals, and beliefs. Wither takes readers on a journey. Along the way you meet some incredible wonderful characters and some that will leave you cringing. The writing is fantastic. Despite the extreme circumstances, the characters are all believable.
Wither will leave you gasping for air, cheering, crying, and cowering from fear. I definitely recommend this to fans of YA literature. The ending... well let's just say I will be buying the next book in the series.