Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Book One in the Chemical Garden Trilogy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
I gave this book 4/5 stars
Sixteen year old Rhine Ellery was kidnapped by a group who calls themselves the Gathers; she is forced to be a bride. Rhine lives in a world where there is only North America and life is short, really short girls only live to be twenty while boys live to be twenty-five. Rhine is thrown into a life that she’s never known, a life of privilege and wealth. And even through Rhine has the love and trust of her sister wives Jenna and Cecily; and of her sweet hearted, kind and caring husband Linden, the only thing she truly wants is it to return home to her twin brother Rowan.
Rhine learns the terrifying truths her father-in-law, Housemaster Vaughn and the basement of the house, holds. Now Rhine along with the help a few trusted friends will stop at nothing to leave and return to the world which she belonged.
Wither was a good book. It was full of heartbreak, suspense, romance, courage, mystery and shocking truths. Though I was hoping there would be some kind of fist-fights and terrifying action, it was a good read. The book ended with just the right amount of hint of the unknown to come. I’ll be back looking for the next installment in the page turning trilogy.