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Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy) by [DeStefano, Lauren]
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A “harrowing debut . . . DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters. . . . It will be intriguing to see how DeStefano develops [the larger world] as this promising trilogy progresses.”
– *PW STARRED review, January 10, 2010

"Creepy and elegant, shocking and romantic, dreadful and rewarding, and delivers unexpected twists. It'll leave you longing for book two."
--Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of the WAKE trilogy and CRYER'S CROSS

“Lauren DeStefano crafts an all too believable future. I loved the world, the romance, the writing -- exactly the kind of book I've been craving to read.”
--Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH

"This beautifully-written debut fantasy, with its intriguing world-building, well-developed characters and intricate plot involving flashbacks as well as edge-of-the-seat suspense, will keep teens riveted to the plight of Rhine and her sister wives. The compelling cover will draw them in and the cliffhanger ending will leave them eagerly awaiting volumes two and three of The Chemical Garden Trilogy. This thought-provoking novel will also stimulate discussion in science and ethics classes."--VOYA

“I really enjoyed Wither, I just couldn't put it down! Rhine is such an amazing main character. She is strong, passionate and determined…. Wither is nothing short of breathtaking. “
—sparkling-reviews.blogspot.com

Wither is an exceptional novel that begins with a bang and doesn't let you go--it's gut-wrenching, shocking, incredible, and completely and utterly absorbing all at once…. DeStefano is a fearless writer, and though it is firmly its own book, Wither will remind readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.”
—TheCompulsiveReader.com

[A] thought-provoking debut, reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale with a touch of Big Love . . . Rhine’s fight for freedom against the clock—and the dissecting table—will leave readers eager for the sequel. Give this one to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy or Ally Condie’s Matched (2010). - KIRKUS, February 1, 2011

"[Rhine] proves herself to be a heroine who faces her situation with spirit and cleverness. The trapped bride and mysterious husband are straight out of Gothic romances. By stirring in elements of sheer creepiness with dystopia and the hot topic of polygamy, DeStefano creates a story that should have broad appeal."
--School Library Journal

"This absorbing page-turner may remind some readers of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games with its fearless heroine, sinister villain, bleak landscape and poignant romance. Wither is less violent but is in many ways even more terrifying as DeStefano proves herself a master of plot, setting, character and psychological suspense." --The Buffalo News

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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 to create a perfect race has left all males born with a lifespan of 25 years, and females a lifespan of 20 years--leaving the world in a state of panic. Geneticists seek 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 sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Yet 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 has no way to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive.

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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1892 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 22 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UYUOOK
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews about Lauren Destefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, so I put off reading it for a little while. But I was looking for a comfort read recently and Wither called to me, so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decisions. I’m really glad I did because I loved this book. A lot. What is wrong with the rest of you? :)

Where do I even start. Rhine is the kind of character I love. Strong willed, determined, witty, everything I love about a female character. I’m not really surprised by that though, Destefano writes great leading characters. It was the rest of the characters that took me by surprise. I was so infatuated with Gabriel, I adored Rhine’s dependent Deirdre and her sister wives Jenna and Cecily were a strange mix of everything I would be feeling in their situations.

And Linden, well he was the most surprising of all. I wanted to hate him, I wanted to be sickened by him and his actions, but it was kind of hard to. He was charming, he seemed genuinely grieved by the loss of his first wife and he seemed to genuinely care about these new wives. It was really hard to hate him outright, until you sat down and thought about the situation. In this, I think I could easily relate to Rhine. But at the same time, how stupid was he to not have any idea what was happening to these girls? Was he really that blinded by his father or was he blissfully ignorant to the situation because it worked in his favour? That part made me want to hate him.

Despite my enjoyment, I went back and forth on the plot a bit.
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By Believer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 3 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
"Wither" an imaginative and innovative dystopian novel is set in the future after a catastrophic global disruption has left North America the only survivor but plagued by a genetic virus that kills girls at age twenty and males at twenty-five. To ensure humanity's continued existence girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriages as early as age 13 or if rejected are swallowed up by prostitution rings, or disappear never to be heard of again.

In this dark, forbidding atmosphere of uncertainty Rhine Ellery a hardworking sixteen year old living with her brother Rowan in New York is abducted and sold to a House Governor in Florida. Far from home and hating the loss of her freedom she vows to escape her forced marriage to Linden Ashley , but all is not what it seems in the wealthy mansion where all her needs are catered to, and secrets abound.

With two sister wives, one resigned to her fate and the other eager to fulfill her responsibility , Rhine must play a role if she hopes to see her brother again. But her escape plan goes astray not only when a hurricane threatens the mansion but as she begins to fall for her captor.

With stories and flashbacks to her past in New York Rhine's discontent grows as she searches for an escape route from a mansion that seems impregnable. Tension and suspense continually build when Rhine pursues a friendship with Gabriel, a young servant willing to go with her, while making an enemy of Linden's father a scientist searching for a cure for the virus. Mystery thrives in a mansion where Housemaster Vaughn conducts his research in the basement, the body of Linden's former wife was dissected and her baby disappeared.
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By Darlene TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 13 2012
Format: Paperback
I didn't want it to end! It was *that* good!!

Wither has become my favourite dystopian novel. This book is a good lesson to show what can happen when scientists and geneticists try to play God: Their attempts to create a superior, disease-free race backfires when the offspring of the genetically modified individuals die prematurely, at the age of 20 years for females and 25 years for males. The first generation is determined to find a cure for the virus before the entire population is wiped out. To do so, they need more test subjects. Polygamy becomes the norm, and young girls of child-bearing age are snatched up by "Gatherers," who round the girls up to be brides for the sons of the first generation. The girls are expected to have as many children as they can to ensure the future survival of the human race. Even if a cure is not found before the brides die, their children will be studied and tested in an effort to find the antidote.

Rhine, a 16 year-old teenager, is one of the unlucky brides who have been abducted by the Gatherers. She, along with two other girls (13 year-old Cecily and 18 year-old Jenna), are brought to the estate of wealthy Housemaster Vaughn. The young ladies are to be the sister brides of Vaughn's son, 21 year old Linden, whose first wife, 20 year-old Rose, is on her deathbed. Rhine realizes that the success of her intended escape depends on her ability to gain the trust of her husband and his domineering father. She must pretend to be enamoured by her husband and complacent with her lifestyle in the lap of luxury if she has any chance at all to flee. She will stop at nothing to find her way back to her twin brother, Rowan, the only family that she has left since their parents died.
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