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 limited time she has left.
Checked this book out at the library this morning...finished this afternoon...ordered my own copy...
If that doesn't say it all, I don't know what does. I LOVED this book. Seriously, 5 of 5 stars for it. It was creepy, it was repugnant, it freaked me out and it was completely brilliant. One of my favorite books of the year, and I've read a lot of books this year.
It's kind of funny to me: I had this insane emotional reaction to Bumped and figured it would be more of the same here. Very similar topic, but it didn't make me angry. Maybe it's because there wasn't anything glamorous about the situation? I felt like Bumped glamorized things to make a point (a very valid point, mind you) and that bothered me. That book made me incredibly angry.
Wither though, WOW.
I think that when you can take a topic that is SO incredibly sensitive and make it into a brilliant book, you've got something going. And you've really got something going if you can make it as creepy as humanly possible and STILL make it one of the best books of the year.
I felt so many of the same emotions as Rhine does throughout the book. I could feel her sense of being trapped. I could feel the hopelessness at times and I could feel her determination at others. I recoiled every time Housemaster Vaughn came into the picture and I wanted to do away with him myself. Rhine is an absolutely amazing character and so real.
I felt like the sister-wives, Jenna and Cecily, were real as well. They acted exactly as I'd expect someone their age to act (especially Cecily and especially considering that she's only 13 when we meet her). I feel like we got to know them quite well and I loved knowing more of the motivation behind things with Jenna. She made so much sense to me after that.
And poor Linden. That's all I can really say about him because I don't want to give too much away, but poor guy.
Loved Gabriel, loved the attendants, HATED Vaughn...
Plot-wise, I'm sold. Kept me going from start to finish and was fast-paced enough that I read it in a couple of hours. I just had to keep going to find out what happened next. It really sucked me in.
It's pretty amazing when you can take a seriously creepy subject and make it into a seriously awesome read. I'm serious when I say that I need the next book NOW. Now as in yesterday. Really, you should all need it too. You can get copies of Wither HERE. (and you should. Oh, you should)
Guess what rating this gets?
My top marks: So good it made me incoherent