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 limted time she has left.
WOW what can I say about "Wither" and after reading it the one word that won't stop repeating is WOW. Wither took me on a emtional roll coaster ride and shocked me to my very core at this amazing well written novel. Wither is the stand out debut of 2011. After waiting soooooo long for it to be released it didn't let me down at all. It held me while reading and when I wasn't reading it I just couldn't stop thinking about it. I'm 25 years old myself and i couldn't help but thinking if I lived in Lauren Destefano story I would have been dead for 5 years already. I just can't get my head around a world were men die at 25 and women at 20. The characters were all well rouned and had a clear voice within the book. I loved the relionship between Rhine the main character and her sister wife's(such a great term)Jenna & Cecily. Rhine has such a strong voice through out the whole book you can't but want her to run away from Linden and his father Vaughn. At times I found I liked Linden as a character and hated myself for it because of all he does but just like Rhine finds out he is just a puppet for this fathers choices. The sadest moment for me has to be Jenna she broke my heart in to two. The happiest moment has to be the ending because it has such a awesome ending but one that leaves me craving the second book because I NEED it NOW. Wither has one of the best cover's of 2011 and can't wait to see how they can top it for book 2. My Favourite Quotes 1/ "real is a dirty word in this place" 2/ "what has the free world got that you can't get here?" 3/ "He always gets the final say. So what-ever he ask of you,please,for your own good listen to him"