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. Editorial Reviews. Review. Amazon Exclusive: Cassandra Clare Reviews Wither Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy Book 1) by [DeStefano, Lauren]. Audible Sample. Audible Sample. Playing Playing Loading Loading. Wither by Lauren DeStefano In Wither, genetic engineering led to the creation of perfect children. Cancer has been cured. Allergies eradicated.

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It is devastatingly sad.

Many people wouldn’t like it, hate it’s slow pace or clump it together laurfn dystopian or label it cliched. Why do these people want to give birth to children when there is nobody to take care of them and so many of them run wild?

I absolutely loathe it. That reminds me of another of my many beefs with this book. Nothing made sense and everything seemed to exist to serve the plot. How long has it been—days? Maybe I will get some of my answers in the second book of the trilogy.

Any antagonist in this story is implied and insinuated but never shown.

Visit our Beautiful Books page destefan find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. I dated someone like Linden, not polygamist, of course, lol, but passive, clueless, self-absorbed, and expecting sex, and so while reading about Linden I was vomiting in my mind over thinking about being trapped in that marriage.

LibrisNotes: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Please do judge this book by its beautiful cover, because the pages inside are just as intriguing. However, crime and poverty has escalated and girls are being kidnapped for brothels or polygamous marriages to breed children.

All the characters were vivid and real. Cecily is a naive, selfish thirteen-year-old who views her new marriage with joy and expectation while Jenna is an eighteen-year-old exotic beauty with secrets behind her eyes. But hell, that doesn’t even take reasearch.

So if you really think about it, we and our offspring are the study. But there are many dangers in attempting an escape, and it may end in both of their deaths. I have not come across one blogger saying anything to the contrary. 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.

Rhine is a character I will remember for a long time, strong and courageous and pragmatic and dreamy laufen smart and vulnerable and so very real. Feb 27, Komal Mikaelson rated it really lxuren it Shelves: But seriously, I had been reading this book off and on for the whole week and hating it all the way. Not a lot of riveting stuff there. People, we’d turn into Mercury if there were weapons that could do that.

Love Triangle There witjer absolutely no doubt that the book harbors one. That would be… a very boring and tension lacking page filler. I’ve wanted to read it since I first heard about it before it even had a cover!

The fact that the youngest sister wife was only thirteen bothered me. I found her the most dynamic, destefanl most compelling character.

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It just doesn’t make sense, especially that women die younger than men. Our customer reviews Previously published on my blog: DeStefano gave me prose that I had expected but not received from Matched.

Also, destroying the continents so only tiny islands exist? It’s lyrical and beautiful. Life as we Knew It.

They disappear from their beds or from the side of the road.