Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Summary: In this dystopian novel, women do no live past 20 and men do not live past the age of 25, except for the first generation. A generation breed out of a scientific need to create a human race that doesn't fall ill to disease. However, the child borne from that first generation grow up strong but die from a virus that claims their lives quite painfully. Because of this virus, polygamy and stolen brides are quite common. Rhine finds herself captured by a phony laboratory scheme, waiting in the back of a truck with other women; all captured by The Gatherer's. When she is chosen along with two other women to get into the back of a limo, she hears gunshots telling her the women in the back of the truck did not survive. Rhine is forced to marry Linden, a young House Governor controlled by his father, a first generation doctor. Rhine doesn't want to go willingly. She wants to go back home to Manhattan, to her brother and the life they lived there. However, that is not going to happen. She must stay as the perfect wife for Linden, while Cecily, one of her sister wives is the baby maker and Jenna, well Jenna is emotionally distant and determined to die in the mansion in peace.
My thoughts: At first, I had a really hard time getting into this book which was frustrating because I really wanted to like this book. I really liked the concept and was slightly disappointed that this may end up to be a flop. However, as the novel went on, I really began to fall in love with the three characters, Rhine, Jenna and Cecily. Despite the horrible way in which everyone arrives, we slowly get to know each character better. We find out their back stories and where everyone comes from. Slowly, the sister wives warm up to each other and bonds begin to form. The friendships between these characters I think are what really make this story.
Rhine also creates another friendship with a house servant. He becomes a friend, one of his only. They confide in each other and we see Rhine begin to open up with him more than any. As the motives behind Linden's father Vaughn emerge, we can see that there are far more evil, sinister things happening behind the scenes in the home. Life in the mansion soon becomes torture as each girl tries to fulfill their role even though it seems like it'll never happen. And of course, the reader wants nothing more than the girls to be able to get freedom. As this book winds to a close, it's almost bittersweet. The events leading up to the end are quite sad, but once again, another big realization hits which makes the reason for escape even more important. This turned out to be an excellent read!
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