I am so excited to post this week’s Book Spotlight! I haven’t posted in a while because school has started again and it has been pretty hectic. So I come to you today with a dystopian novel that reminded me very much of The Handmaid’s Tale by Maragert Atwood. It left me with mixed feelings towards a certain character. I really wanted to hate him for what he stood for, but at the same time, it was impossible to hate him. The book ends in a cliffhanger, but luckily for you readers, all the books in the trilogy are published (I, however, was unlucky and had to wait months for the final installment).
Book Title: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Originally Published: March 22nd, 2011
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?