Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Source: Own
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Overview

At age 16, Rhine Ellery has four years to live. Thanks to a botched effort to create a perfect race, all females live to age 20 and males live to age 25. On the cusp of her 17th birthday, Rhine attempts to flee, but what she finds is a society spiraling out of control.

My Thoughts

I had wanted to read this book for a while, but kept putting it off. It wasn't until all of the hype for Fever, the next book in the series, that I decided I finally needed to read it. It's quite an interesting book. I thought it was a bit slow, but the writing is fantastic. The whole idea of males taking multiple wives, and the girls (literally girls) getting pregnant at 13 yrs old was a little disturbing. With the situation in the book it makes sense though, and it is believable that that type of thing could happen if we all died at such young ages. 


Rhine is taken into the home of Linden and becomes one of his wives. She actually despises Linden since he has taken her away from her only family, but as she discovers secrets, she realizes that he may be a prisoner too. He is left in the dark about so many things, and really is kind of clueless. I really like her character. She is strong and is determined to leave that place and find her twin brother. She is also very nice and caring to all the other people around her.


I liked the relationships that developed too. Rhine and the other sister wives really end up connecting, and I thought it was really touching some of the things they would do for each other, or the things they would say and talk about. There is still a lot of secrecy, but in general, they really all cared about each other. I loved the relationship between Rhine and Gabriel. He is so likable and sweet. It was nice that they developed a friendship, and then slowly fell for each other. I was really hoping it wouldn't be an insta-love thing, so I was happy about that. I honestly really did like Linden too. I really felt bad for him. He has no clue how messed up his father really is, or the things he has done. He truly cares about Rhine, and it really kind of broke my heart. It made me wish the situation was different. I still really adore Gabriel though, so I guess I am glad that things happened the way they did. 


This book moved along at a slow steady pace. I normally like a faster paced story, but this was a good lead up to the next book. I think that it was necessary to let you get to know Rhine well. I really did enjoy the book, I was disgusted by some of the things that happened, but I understand that it's "normal" for them. Whether it's right or wrong. I want to say that it was really emotional, but it wasn't. Some of the things that happened should have made me sad, but I was lacking a solid connection to the characters. I connected on some level, but it wasn't a deep connection. Hopefully I will feel that connection in the next book. I loved the ending, and I am looking forward to reading Fever to see where the story goes now. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

14 comments:

  1. You have to read Fever!!! I's way better than Wither, and I LOVED Wither!!! I think my favorite part of Wither was the relationship between Rhine and the two men. Part of me just really wanted to her to suck it up and stay with Linden and be happy in her magic kingdom! Ah well..

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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    1. I know I felt that way too. I really felt bad for Linden since he was just as much of a victim in the whole thing. I can't deny that I adore Gabriel though. I bought Fever, but it might be a while before I can get to it. I have tons of other books I need to read. I got a bit behind when I had my reading slump.

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  2. I'm about 70 pages from the end of Wither right now, and I pretty much agree with you. I love Rhine, she's such a neat person and I think we need to know her.

    I have to say - I agree with Anna (previous post) that part of me keeps hoping she'll stay with Linden, despite the crazy father? He's not all bad - especially once you find out how sheltered he really is...

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    1. Yes, I totally feel for Linden. I am really looking forward to Fever. I wish I had time to read it right now, but I don't. :( It will have to wait a little while.

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  3. I had no idea that there was so much going on in Fever. I mean, I actually have thus book, but haven't gotten around to reading it. I prefer a faster pace to my books, but if the writing is that great, I'll probably enjoy it.
    Nice review!

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    1. I really want to get to Fever, but it will have to wait. I really did like Wither, even with it being a bit slow. I wanted to like it more, but I am hoping Fever will make up for the slowness in this one.

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  4. I've actually seen a lot of positive reviews about this one but I don't remember anyone saying that it was slow paced. I have both Wither and Fever but I actually put them both on hold because I've seen mixed reviews about Fever, more negative than positive. I'm thinking that I'll wait until the next one comes out and see what people say about that one before I read Wither and Fever.

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    1. I really enjoy a lot of action or stuff going on in a book, and this one doesn't really have that. There are a few spots that it picks up slightly, but in general, it's just getting to know the characters and the situation. It's a great start to a series for sure though.

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  5. Great review Amy I really loved the relationship between the sisters too it was a great aspect in the book. I enjoyed Fever much more it's a lot more fast pace so I think you will too! Happy you enjoyed it still though! :)

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    1. I am looking forward to Fever for sure. With the way Wither ended I know that it's going to pick up the pace.

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  6. Nice review Amy. I just added Fever and Wither to my to-read list. Thanks to you, I'm going to stay on top of all great things YA.

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    1. Aww thanks Mo. Glad to help you find great books to put on your list. :)

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  7. I'm still kinda of on the fence about this one. I was definately extremely disturbed at many times. I just felt so disgusted and I had a hard time stomaching it and moving on. I mean yeah on the one hand, it does make sense because of how early they die. But it still doesn't make what they are doing right!

    I also felt that it was slow paced. I enjoyed Fever more because we already had the backstory on the character's and got to know them all. So for me, Fever moved much faster. Well, for the first half of the book anyways. lol Not my favorite books and for me didn't live up to the hype but I will say that Lauren DeStefano writes beautifully!

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    1. It will be a little while before I can get to Fever, but I am looking forward to it. I love the writing, it's fantastic!!

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