Saturday, April 16, 2011

Book in Review: Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #1)

Cover & Publisher

Published by: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Why I Read This

 It looked awesome!

But on a sidenote, it counts for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.

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.



This is one of those books that I've been waiting and waiting to release for what seemed like FOREVER. So this could have gone two ways...I could have either I really loved it immediately and with no doubts OR I could have been just a tad dissappointed.

Well, the first thing I have to say is that this book really is marvelous. It's got amazing characters. Rhine, Lady Rose, Jenna, Cecily, Linden, Gabriel, Housemaster Vaughn and more - they were all so unique (in a realistic way) and felt larger than life. It has amazing writing and thought provoking questions. It has great momentum that keeps you reading and makes you wanting more.

HOWEVER, I didn't feel like the book took me in enough places I wanted to go. For the majority of it, Rhine never leaves the house. And since the writing never changes perspective I felt like this stilted the story too much for me. I wanted to know much more about the outside world, about what the other characters in the house were up to, even more about the dystopian history of the world, and I really wanted to know more about Rowan. At the end of it all, I could SEE THE LIGHT. I could see where Lauren DeStephano was going with the story and I could see why she chose to write the story the way she did. But I ended up feeling like this really was just book one in a trilogy. In other words, like 2/3 of the story was missing from the book.

So, I did fall on the side of dissapointed. I'd still recommend it to everyone who likes Y.A. It's worth the read. And definitely to those who are in love with the dystopia genre. I just wish that I could have read the entire trilogy as a whole. When I do get to read them, I believe I'll be much more impressed.

My Rating

 at noon

I read a library copy.

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