Wither by Lauren Destefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: March 22nd 2011
So I absolutely loved this book, way more than I thought I would have. I haven’t heard much about this book but what I have heard have been ‘meh’ reviews. People seemed to like it but not loved it. I loved it! The main character Rhine is one of the three wives that have been Gathered to marry a man named Linden. Cecily and Jenna are the other wives. Cecily is 13 and the youngest out of the three, and she also was the more willing of the wives. I think that was a bit weird for me, and took me a little longer to get used to.
But anyways, with the wives it was interesting to see their different personalities and their growth. Cecily really is the one that changes the most in this book. She starts out as a bubbly 13 year old and evolves into a worn down 14 year old. Jenna to me had the saddest backstory. In a way they all have sad back stories, but hers was the one that made me the most sad.
Going back to Rhine, she is a great great character! I loved her strength and her determination that she never lets go of during her stay with Linden. All she wants to do is get back to her twin brother, and throughout her time with Linden and her sister wives, she doesn’t let go of her want and need to leave to find him. She was very strong after all that happened to her in her situation, and I love that Lauren always seem to write characters with such strength in their personality.
I am hoping to finish the next two book sometime soon, I am excited to see where the next book take Rhine and Gabriel! Highly recommend it! The world was amazing and something I haven’t read very much. The world is a modern world, but very dystopian. The only continent left is North America, and when they tried to cure cancer, they altered the ages of men and women. Women only age until 20 and men until 25 years old. Because of this, men have been taking many wives to keep their lineage alive. I was sucked in from the first page, and it didn’t let me go until the very end.
Let me know if you’ve read this book, and the trilogy! I’d love to hear if you’ve like the trilogy, and how you liked it!