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ISBN13: 9781442409057
ISBN10: 1442409053
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By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine canand#8217;t bring herself to hate him as much as sheand#8217;d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husbandand#8217;s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

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"Opening the Chemical Garden trilogy, DeStefano's harrowing debut initially comes across as The Handmaid's Tale for YA readers. DeStefano, however, forgoes larger social analysis to depict the personal impact of a dystopian future on Rhine and Gabriel, teenagers with a handful of years to live. Science gave 21st-century America one generation of perfect babies; since then, war has destroyed the other continents, and a virus that kills girls by 20 and boys by 25 has ravaged subsequent generations. Healthy teenage girls are prized as breeding stock, and Rhine is kidnapped and forced into a polygamous marriage with the wealthy Linden Ashby, in whose palatial Florida home Gabriel is a servant. Pampered but imprisoned, Rhine only wants to get back to her twin brother, Rowan, in gritty Manhattan. And as Gabriel's furtive relationship with Rhine grows, he begins to share her dream of escape. DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters. The larger world is less precisely realized; it will be intriguing to see how DeStefano develops it as this promising trilogy progresses. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

At age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years to live. Thanks to a botched effort to create a perfect race, all females live to be twenty, and males live to age twenty-five. While geneticists seek a miracle antidote, orphans roam the streets and polygamy abounds. After Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she is desperate to escape from her husband’s strange world, which includes a sinister father-in-law in search of the antidote and a slew of sister wives who are not to be trusted. On the cusp of her seventeenth birthday, Rhine attempts to flee—but what she finds is a society spiraling into anarchy.

Synopsis:

The first book in an exciting new series by first time author Lauren DeStefano.

About the Author

Lauren DeStefano earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007. She currently lives in Branford, CT. Wither is her first novel. You can visit her at laurendestefano.com.

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theoddone5, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by theoddone5)
This was my favorite book of 2011. I read it just as the year was ending, but it made my year. I have never read something so subjectively descriptive. It was a horror and a delight. It was everything an apocolyptic story should be: a main character without any heinous ideas to walk into the dark, towards the scary sound in a nightgown, the evil is real and true evil and death is a reality, a griping plot to remind us all of how life is but a breath in the universe's time.
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Stormy, August 15, 2011 (view all comments by Stormy)
I read a few reviews for Wither before reading it and they mostly said that it was beautiful writing. I can't say that I disagree. The writing and the story are horrifyingly beautiful. I loved the picture Lauren De Stefano painted in my head of the world she imagined. I usually don't like these type of books but this one is just amazing.

Some parts are gruesome and hard to bare, yes, but it makes the story that much more exciting and believable. No fairytale here, at least not yet. I cannot wait for the sequel. It just might kill me to wait. I can feel my heart squeezing painfully with longing already.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781442409057
Author:
Destefano, Lauren
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Author:
DeStefano, Lauren
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Dystopian; rhine; rine; polygamy; romance; loren destefano; lauren de Stefano; lauren distefano; lauren d Stefano; dystopian romance; kidnapping
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Chemical Garden Trilogy
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt (matte w-foil + spot uv)
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 368 pages Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - English 9781442409057 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Opening the Chemical Garden trilogy, DeStefano's harrowing debut initially comes across as The Handmaid's Tale for YA readers. DeStefano, however, forgoes larger social analysis to depict the personal impact of a dystopian future on Rhine and Gabriel, teenagers with a handful of years to live. Science gave 21st-century America one generation of perfect babies; since then, war has destroyed the other continents, and a virus that kills girls by 20 and boys by 25 has ravaged subsequent generations. Healthy teenage girls are prized as breeding stock, and Rhine is kidnapped and forced into a polygamous marriage with the wealthy Linden Ashby, in whose palatial Florida home Gabriel is a servant. Pampered but imprisoned, Rhine only wants to get back to her twin brother, Rowan, in gritty Manhattan. And as Gabriel's furtive relationship with Rhine grows, he begins to share her dream of escape. DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters. The larger world is less precisely realized; it will be intriguing to see how DeStefano develops it as this promising trilogy progresses. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , At age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years to live. Thanks to a botched effort to create a perfect race, all females live to be twenty, and males live to age twenty-five. While geneticists seek a miracle antidote, orphans roam the streets and polygamy abounds. After Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she is desperate to escape from her husband’s strange world, which includes a sinister father-in-law in search of the antidote and a slew of sister wives who are not to be trusted. On the cusp of her seventeenth birthday, Rhine attempts to flee—but what she finds is a society spiraling into anarchy.
"Synopsis" by , The first book in an exciting new series by first time author Lauren DeStefano.
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