What if you knew exactly when you’d die? The first book of The Chemical Garden Trilogy. By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. A botched effort. Editorial Reviews. Review. Amazon Exclusive: Cassandra Clare Reviews Wither Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy Book 1) by [DeStefano, Lauren]. Audible Sample. Audible Sample. Playing Playing Loading Loading. Wither by Lauren DeStefano In Wither, genetic engineering led to the creation of perfect children. Cancer has been cured. Allergies eradicated.

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Alas, Laauren am eagerly waiting for the next book. When it comes down to it, remove the characters from the story and set them in ether and you have a love triangle coupled with kidnapping. I hope to find out in the next book “Fever”.

Wither : Lauren DeStefano :

As with UnwindI prefer to see the value of the idea fulfilled than to wonder over how likely, or unlikely it is. I did really like the concept, the plot based around being kidnapped and forced to be a wife in a polygamous marriage along with two other wives and an already existing dying first wife, for four wives in all.

More books in this series: It also felt like DeStefano was trying to titillate readers with the sexual aspect of young teens in polygamous marriages while also keeping Rhine free from it.

This article is about the dystopian novel. I loved festefano world it was set in – Laureb mean, what kind of a Dystopia-junkie wouldn’t – and I absolutely adored Rhine.


A desperate act might have been more appropriate for a shorter time period but she is there for about a year and so I will have to agree with that point. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Visit our Beautiful Books page and lwuren lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. I found myself connecting, really connecting, on deestefano level deeper than words, with all of the wounded, desperate people in this story.

And also, if Africa is shattered, what makes you think you’ll have hurricanes at all?

It is harrowing and horrifying. Mar 15, Vinaya rated it it was amazing Shelves: All the characters were vivid and real. I can’t either, and that is the first point at which the world building falls short. Did I buy into the hype initially?

If Linden is so nice then why didn’t Rhine just tell him the truth? On the first few pages of Wither, the author revealed to me, kidnapping. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

I found myself secretly wanting Rhine to tell him his father’s dark secrets. Go ahead and read it if you think that going into it you’ll be able to ignore the obvious logic fails, but despite my complaints I don’t regret reading it and lauden it was at least a nice withet of prose to muse over.

So instead of taking the opportunity to, literally, walk away, Rhine tried to made mad dashes in the most horrible, inconvenient ways. And as for living in a nice house and being waited on hand and foot, well, that would be boring and mind-numbing in probably less than a week. Breaking dither down, we would have to have weaponry that ran so hot it could vaporize Antarctica.


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Maybe even 20 years from now? One of the girls vomits. I hate that it is undefined and isn’t bounded by a limit. Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But as the plot unravels, we get to know Linden is innocent.

Add to Cart Add to Cart. But destffano warned, DeStefano throws a lot of shock factor elements around.

I am not the first person to point out how much this sucked. Languid young women wander around a mansion in lacy gowns waiting to be impregnated by their joint husband, due to drastically shortened life spans that force them into polygamous marriages.

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If there’s one thing that can suck me in and hold me captive, it’s beautiful prose. The boy must sense that the full impact of what has happened is reaching me. Best place in the world my ass. Universal Pictures acquired he film rights on October 23, I’m always unconvinced by age-determined viruses, especially when they are so specific.