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Wither by Lauren DeStefano
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Dec 17, 10

bookshelves: rev, ya, speculative
Read in December, 2010

Really interesting and worth a read for anyone who likes speculative fiction, especially if said spec fic has a hint of Handmaid's Tale about it in its treatment of dystopian gender politics. The relationships are complicated and interesting -- in particular the relationships between the three wives, who are all fully developed and completely believable and heartbreaking -- and the world-building is solid. It's very effective to throw mortality in the face of adolescents. Only caveat -- the female relationship and the complicated marital dynamics were so absorbing that I kind of forgot about the love interest while he was locked in the basement.
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