Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Blurb: By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking 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 kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. 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 is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

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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Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction; Dystopia

Length: 358 Pages

Published: 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers





Wither had impressed me with such details. I loved Lauren DeStefano’s creativity. She opened the new and interesting chapter of science fiction. The book cover was also beautiful and could describe Rhine’s individuality and feeling very well. The same as Wither, the name of the book, also suited the story. I couldn’t find anything that less than awesome in its.

I loved the unique plot that human race couldn’t live longer than twenty-five years but in women case, it was even worst. They only had twenty years of their lives in this world. This thing had never crossed mind. Since when we talked about virus, all I could think of was zombies not shortening our lifespan. The more pages I turned the more fun it got. I liked the way that I couldn’t predict how the story would turn out.

I divided characters in Wither in three categories that were (1) love them, (2) hate to love but love to hate them, and (3) hate them:

1. Love Category: For Rhine, I liked that she never gave up hope. I liked the way she determined to break free from her prison. I liked that she was patient, kind, and independent. For Gabriel, I don’t know why I like him … maybe because of Rhine’s feeling toward him. I really love Jenna. I liked the way she always took care and looked out for her sisters wives. I felt connected with Rowan. I loved that he always protected his twin sister. I liked how he saw the world.

2. Hate-to-love-but-love-to-hate Category: Cecily and Linden (I had no reason for this … it was pure feeling.)

3. Hate category: One hundred percents Housemaster Vaughn … I didn’t know but in this type of book the lead scientist was always be a bad guy and I always hated them. He was also selfish and cruel.

I couldn’t wait to read Fever but first I would read The Seeds of Wither if I could find the book. I must be satisfied with the sequel of this book if I see Rhine and Gabriel against the world. Of course, I’m Gabriel team … at least for now.



3 Comments Add yours

  1. Great review! You made me add this book to my TBR^^

    Liked by 1 person

    1. sleeplessbookjunkies says:

      I’m glad. It really is a great book. Have fun reading it whenever you read it. 😉


  2. Wren says:

    I love this book so much!!! Personally I couldn’t decide if I was team Linden or team Gabriel so I officially consider myself team Rhine

    Wren @


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