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Wither by Lauren DeStefano
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Apr 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-teen-fiction, read-scifi-and-fantasy
Read from April 16 to 24, 2011

A fascinating dystopian world creation (with slight touches of Atwood's classic "The Handmaid's Tale").

Death occurs at 20 for females and 25 for males due to a genetic glitch possibly created by genetically altered children over generations. Everything changes due to this short life-span - everything.

DeStefano has a way with characters. While her males need some development, she did great with her women - Rose, Jenna, Rhine, and especially Cecily - whom I found fascinating, heartbreaking, and very real. Also, Vaughn as the villain is excellent - he's smart and terrifying - a perfect villain.

My only quibble with the book is that this first volume of a planned trilogy (aren't they all anymore?) gives away too little. I felt more about Vaughn and his plans should have been revealed, plus what he did to Cecily and Jenna . . . I have my guesses, but I felt a little more sharing about him should have taken place.

Overall, though, a worthwhile read and I'll be looking forward to the second installment.
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Heidi I'll be interested to see what you think! Sometimes, I felt like the subject matter was a bit too mature for YA..but maybe it will scare a few teens from getting pregnant. :]


Jennifer I added it to my list because of your review - sounded like something I would like! =)


Jennifer I really enjoyed it! (see my review)

I'm also not sure about YA - not content-wise but empathy-wise. Those scenes with Cecily and her baby and breastfeeding and Vaughn were breaking my heart - but I don't see too many teens really understanding the emotional toll of pregnancy and motherhood . . .

Don't know though - I''m always surprised by what teens like and don't!


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