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Wither by Lauren DeStefano
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Mar 17, 12

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bookshelves: 2012, dystopia, apocalyptic
Read from March 15 to 16, 2012

In the urban ruins of Wither, the human population is dying out. Genetic engineering has rendered humans as ticking time bombs: Girls only live to twenty. Boys only live to twenty-five. Girls like Rhine are being forced to become sister wives in a desperate attempt to keep humanity alive. Rhine is dead set on escaping and returning to her twin brother. She yearns for freedom, and will do anything to get it back.

Wither has been getting a lot of buzz lately. It boasts a snazzy cover and a kind of sci-fi/dystopian crossover that I haven't really seen a lot of. In fact, the only book I can think of that's kind of like Wither is Lauren Oliver's Delirium. One of my bestfriends is totally infatuated with this book. She's already partway through its sequel.

The whole thing is kind of numbing. As more and people die, fewer people are sympathetic. They're preoccupied with their own tiny life spans. The rich can afford to glaze everything over with the shiny film of wealth. The poor can only face the world in its bleakest state. There's division in the ranks, and unrest amongst the people.

Wither is a small world. There's only Rhine, her captors, and her fellow sister wives. All of the book is centered in this sectioned-off world. But this little piece of the universe is intricately detailed. DeStefano is adept at creating a world that is both easily understood and beautifully complex. Wither is a true rarity.

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