Thursday, April 26, 2012

W is for Wither, by Lauren DeStefano

A little note for everyone stopping by for the A to Z challenge:

First off, hi! Welcome! Look around, have fun. My posts will be short this month, but they'll be following a theme: Books and Authors. I'll be showcasing some of my favorites within those categories. But I'll also be having some special posts regarding the release of my debut novel, Elemental, from time to time.   

Summary (taken from Goodreads):

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?

I have to admit something: I'm starting to feel inundated with YA Dystopian. I still buy it, hoping for something to knock my socks off, but that's getting harder and harder to do. However, this one was the exception. It's very unique and deals with issues that, let's come to terms with this, are happening right under our noses today. I thought it was very well handled and put a new dystopian spin on childhood abduction.

If you're looking for a different kind of dystopian, this is a great book for you. Enjoy!


  1. Just read your inteview on Viva Le Nerd! I've dropped by a few times before but totally missed the book on the side of the blog. Looks cool. I'll see it May 1st!

  2. PS - will there be a kindle version?

    1. Indeed there will be! And it's only going to be $3.99!

  3. wow what a newly creative story line!

  4. Wither does look great. I have it on my shelf at home, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet.

  5. While I agree with you that we're approaching overload on dystopian, this one sounds amazing!!

  6. I keep hearing about this one. Sounds better each time I read about it. And for some reason, I have a strange urge to read Elemental. Blasted Jedi mind tricks ... they shouldn't work on writers, right? :)

  7. I do like me some dystopia. And fruitopia. If the dystopia has fruitopia, all the better.

  8. Wow, this book sounds amazing! Now I'm very curious about it... I wish I had more time to read. I have a very important book to read before any others though... the name of it starts with an "E" and it's by this cool lady I know ;)

  9. Every now and then, I try reading a new author and hit pay dirt. This was definitely one of those times. This book keep me turning pages until the end and I don't think it gets any better then that when reading.


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