Saturday, July 16, 2011

Review: Wither

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 limited time she has left.

My Review:

Wither was awesome! I didn't really know much about it going in and have to admit to taking my sweet sweet time picking it up! That was my big mistake!  

Rhine is a very sympathetic character from the start. Her parents are dead and all she has is her brother and their run down home. She can't go outside,  once she hits a certain age, because she could  get snatched up and sold off to be treated like a brood mare! She learns to be tough and independent. 

One day however, she finds herself in a dark van full of girls and no way of knowing where she is or where they will end up. The van stops, they get out...a man picks a few of them...the rest...Well you'll have to read to know what happens then.
Rhine finds herself in a mansion and is introduced to her new fiancee and his other "future wives." She knows she's been stolen from everything she knows  just to be used to breed. She's basically a slave. A slave that has nearly all her whims catered too, but a slave nonetheless. She isn't granted what she really desires...freedom. 

There were a few parts that I would have liked the writer to delve into a little bit more. Rhine's past is still somewhat of a mystery to us, and left unsaid.  I would have loved to have learned more about her family and definitely more about her brother. Maybe this will be explained or introduced in the next book? 

All in all, I really loved  Wither! It was a quick and interesting read! I highly recommend it!


  1. I have this sitting on my shelf. I thought it sounded good but I too have taken my sweet time getting to it. I am going to go pull it out now sand hopefully I will get to it soon. Your review has me extremely curious!

  2. I just read this too! And I totally loved it!! I can not wait for the 2nd book


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