Teen Review: “Wither” by Lauren DeStefano

In this new world created in an effort to eliminate disease, all but the first generation are negatively affected. Women die at the age of 20, and men die at 25. In an attempt to keep the population going long enough to find a cure, the wealthy buy brides from the many orphans roaming around. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery and her brother, though orphaned, are doing okay for themselves until Rhine falls for a trap and is kidnapped. She is sold to the wealthy Linden along with two other girls to replace his first wife, who is on the brink of death. Linden’s father, a first generation and a renowned scientist, buys the girls, hoping they will help Linden get over his first love. Rhine may be imprisoned in the lap of luxury, a big difference from where she was before, but it is still a prison. She must escape and find her brother. The longer Rhine lives on the estate, the more she realizes how horrible her father-in-law is. Linden, though kind and generous, is no less a prisoner than his wives, so the idea of living out the rest of her life with him never could be a possibility. All Rhine wants is to see the world. I liked this book because it showed how having all the material comforts and money you desire is not freedom.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 16

"Wither" by Lauren DeStefano book cover

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