What if you knew exactly when you’d die? The first book of The Chemical Garden Trilogy. By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. A botched effort. Editorial Reviews. Review. Amazon Exclusive: Cassandra Clare Reviews Wither Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy Book 1) by [DeStefano, Lauren]. Audible Sample. Audible Sample. Playing Playing Loading Loading. Wither by Lauren DeStefano In Wither, genetic engineering led to the creation of perfect children. Cancer has been cured. Allergies eradicated.
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Yet, had I been reading about her in a different setting, I believe would have formed a very different opinion about her. That’s the kind of buzz deetefano book has been getting. Universal Pictures acquired he film rights on October 23, Obviously readers are required to lakren some “suspension of disbelief.
I hate that it is undefined and isn’t bounded by a limit. I was expecting her too forget where she came from and how she got here. I couldn’t push the niggling back far enough to enjoy it. However, I really came to appreciate the relationship between Rhine and her sister wives.
From the moment I picked it up, I knew I would enjoy this book. If anyone ever, ever, ever tells you this, hit them. Why not 1 star? The villain is too villainous. Wait– let me grab my soap box. When it comes down to it, remove the characters from the story and set them in ether and you have a love desgefano coupled with kidnapping. Rhine Rhine is 16 and has been married to Linden along with Cecily 13 and Jenna I was expecting Linden’s obvious adoration for her and the comfortable life to soften her up.
I was expecting some serviceable, generic words-on-a-page, but instead there was just pleasantness.
I expected shock tactics and obscene cruelty that would have me sat, pulse-racing, wondering what would happen to our protagonist and if she would ever get free of the marriage she was forced into.
Too many, in my opinion. No fancy words, no unnecessary metaphors, no exaggerated hyperbole. I don’t normally write such harsh reviews, but this fell flat for me in every single aspect. They’re not competition I guess but they don’t really serve a purpose other than to serve Rhine’s plot. Raised in an orphanage all her life, she was blinded by all the rich and comfortable aspects of her slave married life. Can someone please explain that to me? Cecily was a little brat for the entire book, and frankly she disgusted me – maybe that’s just me being a prude, but there you go.
This book makes so little sense that it was almost painful to read.
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Yet, despite what has happened to her I have to admit Rhine’s life before being captured by the Gatherers was awful. The main issue with all the little irksome things that are sprinkled through the novel is they just don’t make sense. Also supposedly, the whole word except for the smallest bit of North America has been killed off in some cataclysmic war, in the process melting all the ice caps and sinking laurej the continents.
Because they are too new. And also, if Africa is shattered, what makes you think you’ll have hurricanes at all? Hurricane season starts in June! But of course Rhine gets a free pass.
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. While that sinks in, I’ll move on to the rest of the review.
I felt almost schizophrenic towards lairen end of the book, with one half of my mind urging Rhine towards choice and freedom, and the other half urging her to stay, just for Linden. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.
There’s no need for the other continents to be destroyed, except maybe saving DeStefano from having to involve them in her plot. As with UnwindI prefer to see the value of the idea fulfilled than to wonder over how likely, or unlikely it destffano.
For a more positive layren, check out Vinaya’s. Best place in the world my ass. But when the Gatherers take her she is helpless. Disease is not that precise. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom? Any antagonist in this story is implied and insinuated but never shown.
Is there really any hope for freedom?
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Males die at 25 and females at View all 15 comments. The questions that were raised in my mind were also never really answered, nor the characters adequately developed. One thing is for sure, we aren’t passing on natural immunity anymore, because we don’t have it. 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.
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Or the twin thing factors into it, or both.