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Wither by Lauren DeStefano
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Jun 06, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011, ya-fiction, skimmed-it
Read in June, 2011

Dark, elegant dystopia set inside the airless life of a stolen bride. She makes tentative friendships with her two sister wives, and tries to trick her wet noodle of a husband into trusting her. But her powerful father-in-law is watching her every move, especially her budding relationship with a handsome servant.

Chock full of interior emotional drama, the only physical action is her getting dressed up for parties or visiting the creepy basement labratories. If she had any chemistry with the handsome servant, I could have overlooked this, but she didn't. In fact I went back to the first chapters, to see if I missed a paragraph of steamy looks or sizzling toaches, but found nothing. The sentence are lovely to read, and full of interesting metaphors and images, which many writers lack. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this book - burned out on too many dystopias lately.
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