September 26, 2011

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy) – Lauren DeStefano

In a world driven by perfection, scientists struggle to find a cure for a plague of their own creation; A genetic time bomb where men live until the age of 25 and women until age 20.  At the age of 16, Rhine Ellery is forced into a life of luxery, where other girls are forced into a life of prostitution or death.  As a prisoner in her home, Rhine must bide her time in hopes of escaping a life from her husband Linden, a man who loves her, but whom she shares with two other wives, or flee with Gabriel, a man she loves and wants to spend the last remaining years of her life with.

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 In this first book of The Chemical Garden Trilogy, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It had a few things that peeked my interest a) Dystypia (yay!) b)beautiful cover and c) trilogy.  After reading this book, I kick myself for waiting so long to pick it up.  From the very first chapter, Lauren DeStefano immerses you into a world of poverty, lost hope, and death.  DeStefano’s writing style easily allows the reader to get lost in this world she created.  I found myself hoping the main character, Rhine, would choose the wrong man even though I knew she should be with the other.  As each chapter ended, I couldn’t help but start the next to see what was going to happen next.  This was one of those books that kept me up later than I should be.  I couldn’t put it down.  I would lay awake after, playing out different things that could happen in the next chapters ahead, which then forced me to click the light back on, and read a few more pages.

The second book “Fever”, is due out in February 2012, and is not coming fast enough.  Lauren DeStefano is a promising author, and am so looking forward to how she is going to play out this trilogy.
Pick it up and get lost in this tragic world with me!

You won’t be disappointed.

In the first book in The Chemical Garden trilogy I already knew what the plot was going to be about, since I had been waiting for a couple of weeks for it to be released. Unlike my mother I didn’t have any doubts in the story by it’s cover. This novel had caught my eye for two reasons, one of them being that the plot is in dystopia. The other being that the idea was original, I mean how many novels have you read where the main character is aware that she only has a limited amount of time to live. This was a novel that I couldn’t put down, I went to bed reading it, I read it when I walked from one class to the other and I nearly did everything with that book in hand. DeStefano drops you into a world full of tragedy, lost hope and death. She immerses you into a world where you never know what to expect next, each chapter forces you to delve deeper into the story. I continuosly found myself hoping that the main character Rhine would choose the same man I would… Linden.

This is one of the best novels I’ve read this year, and from such a new break out author I couldn’t be happier in the least bit. The only problem I had with the story was the fact that I now have to wait for the sequal Fever which will be released sometime in February of 2012.

Give it a look, you won’t regret it.

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