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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This audiobook can be listened to on: And not only creepy, but boring. Experiments, if you will. Cicely, on the other hand, envisions it wifher a privilege to live in the mansion where she can be waited on. What age would you recommend this to? I have no idea how they got everyone in the world to be genetically modified to be perfect. It might sound rather strange to say this but I was actually grateful that I decided to pick laueen this book during my prescribed ‘bed rest’.

Is there really any hope for freedom? 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 four wives in lauden.

I’ll be interested to see him develop further in the next book.

He wasn’t really established enough yet, something I am looking forward to in future books. Withfr fear and want for safety can lauden people into giving away something sacred: But as good as this prospect may sound, it comes at a terrible price: For such a ‘scandalous’ concept and for all its attempts at drama and intrigue, I found Wither to be incredibly boring.

I’m not going to say that it doesn’t happen, because we’ve all seen the Lifetime specials and newsreports. There is a token acknowledgement of laurdn debilitating virus, one that kills all the young women at the age of twenty, and young wirher at the age of twenty four.


I think the House Governor took her to tour the gardens. I don’t know why. Rhine’s parents were scientists working with the virus. I consider myself to be a somewhat liberal person, with a few exceptions–for example, I believe in capital punishment and lex talionis under special circumstances.

But seriously, I had been reading this book off and on for the whole week and hating it all the way. May 19, Alana Kelly rated it it was ok. Destefanp generation of perfect humans, later dubbed “The First Generation”, lived very long and prosperous lives.

In fact, I wish this book had been about Rose and Linden. View all 9 comments. They will be dead in a couple of years!

LibrisNotes: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

In Wither we meet sixteen year old Rhine on the day she is kidnapped along with several other girls around her age by a groups of Gathers, whose sole purpose is to collect girls to marry them off into polygamist relationships to hopefully give the human race a chance at survival.

Is there more to life than marrying, having children and dying at such a young age? 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. Since we have Rhine going from Manhattan to Florida, from that tiny statement alone my suspension of disbelief has a black eye, a bloody nose and is missing a tooth.

But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Rhine and her sister wives are locked away in a mansion. 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. But a society dying in its twenties could be interesting with an entirely different story.


Wither : Lauren DeStefano :

Also, somewhere along the history, somebody destroyed all of the continents except North America. I’d also like to mention that some reviews state “well she has it so good, why does she want to leave?

Lauren, you’ve definitely destecano a lifetime fan out of me! He truly disturbed me with his methods and sinister plans.

Linden’s an idiot pedophile whose ignorance is made to actually be appealing. The girls are taken as young as thirteen, when their bodies are mature enough to bear children, and the virus claims every female of our generation by twenty. I found it difficult to determine what the main themes of Withered actually were. Jenna was disposable one. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. The only thing more unbelievable than vaporized polar caps and yacht parties on Florida’s coast is the idea that everyone on the North American continent would have had access to the genetic engineering that made the generation of people whose children die young.

If I sound annoyed. You know layren my problem is, right here?

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The smell is like home. Sorry, guy, but you don’t live in the middle of a shit pile and not smell the stink. Why would they care to make babies?