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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Can you imagine a world of human trafficking girls as young as 13 to become child brides and mothers, only to have their babies experimented on, desperately searching for a cure? There are great reviews, like this one that explore holes in the world building in terms of economics, politics, etc.

See they think their actions are noble because they live in a time and place where cancer treatment had a rebounding effect on the next generation. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout.

Supposedly, this book takes seventy years in the future or sixty, or something like that. Now unto the good things.

He seems thoughtful and pleased. It is not the obvious harbinger of misery and heartbreak and superfluous drama. Surprisingly, the worst thing for me about Wither was the boredom I experienced trying to finish it. This book makes so little sense that it was almost painful to read. Every laurne tugged a separate heartstring, from the little domestic Dierdre, to Gabriel, so very much in love and so laure helpless to do anything about it.

Yes, you read that right, Linden has not only one wife but three! I had a lot of issues with this book from the start. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I loved the idea of this book.

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I forgot to mention the whole, America is the only place left because we have all the technology in the world.

Other books in this series. Along with two other young women, she will be married to Witjer Ashby and bear his children. And Wither never meets this simple expectation.

So then I’m signing on for two or three books! 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. Even for the most fatal of hereditary diseases, the victims are usually given decades of wiggle room.


It’s free and yours to keep. There were relationships among the characters, such as the sister wives and creepily enough between Linden and Rhine that felt geniune and pure.

If all the children in this world are dying young, where are they finding the time and guidance to learn skilled trades that would keep all of the technology functioning? Destefan women living only to the age of twenty and men the age of twenty-five, the only way to prevent the extinction of the human race is for young women to dedicate their lives to polygamous marriages and having as many children as possible in the short window of time they have.

Unfortunately, the whys and wherefores of how society has disintegrated into this is never really explained, and as a result most of set-up for this world seems fairly ludicrous.

But personally, this is a book that has found a place in my heart, and also taught me that dissing a book before trying it for myself is a Very Bad Idea. Also supposedly, the whole word except for the smallest bit of North America has been killed off in some cataclysmic war, in the process melting all the ice caps and sinking all the continents. But be warned, DeStefano throws a lot of shock destefani elements around. I feel like the premise was just designed to intrigue readers, and if the story, with the prose and the characters, were under different circumstances, this book would have garnered five stars from me Don’t get me started on the science of this book.

The first generation is almost immortal. She is kidnapped by the gatherers and sold off to Governor Linden Ashby along with Dewtefano 18 and Cecily And while there were things I was bothered by and things I wish could’ve been different, I’m pleasantly surp 3.

The writing has a quality that I wouldn’t normally expect from a debut author, but I’d heard may good things about DeStefano’s writing before starting Witherand they were all true. After spending pages with Rhine, I still don’t feel as though I really know who she is or why people are drawn to her, except that they’re supposed to be.


Aw fuck, who told you you could throw science out the window? And I was to be the apple of his eye. Rhine is dead set on escaping and having nothing to do with the loveless marriage.

I did really like the concept, the plot based around being kidnapped and forced to be a wife in a polygamous marriage along with two other wives and an already existing dying first wife, for dedtefano wives in First of all I’d like to say that this book could have been four stars on writing style alone.

I know I wouldn’t be half the destdfano that Rhine is.

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Sep 20, Deanna rated it liked it. I was on the Kendwa beach, on the north coast of Zanzibar, when I hand-wrote most of this review in my travel journal, and I made a note here that I was a little drunk.

Besides, the cover is gorgeous! The book handled the social issues with extreme care and effortlessly wove the issues into the newly created dystopian world that was explained in its entirety.

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For such a ‘scandalous’ concept and for all its attempts at drama and intrigue, I found Wither to be incredibly boring.

Will I become a murdered reject? Oh, and it’s supposed to be hundreds of years in the future but everything is the same, clothing style, food, plumbing, etc, save for a musical instrument that makes 3D projections when you play it, but even then To ask other readers questions about Witherplease sign up. View all 62 comments. I was rather disturbed by the child bride aspect.

Deatefano the end I decided on 4 because this book did keep me up till around 2am. Frankly, if the ice caps melted the world would be fucked laurrn enough without a war.