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Wither by Lauren DeStefano
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Jun 10, 11

bookshelves: bfya2012, young-adult
Read from June 09 to 10, 2011

I am not at all a fan of the post-apocalyptic fantasy sub-genre. I will be very happy when it is no longer popular.

That said, DeStefano created a novel with a voice that clearly shows how her invented world could so easily come from our current existence.

With the odd pattern of dystopian pregnancy books for teens (Bumped et al), DeStefano focused instead on what short life left these teens had in their impossible situations. Compacted and put under a magnifying glass, the time left illuminated the nature of friendship, jealousy, caste systems, and partnerships.

Wither was compulsively readable, and the characters were each richly drawn without being melodramatic.

Also a large shout-out goes to Lizzy Bromley who did the utterly fantastic and apt book design. I will never look at the work of Alexander Calder the same way again.
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