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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For such a ‘scandalous’ concept and for all its attempts at drama and intrigue, I found Wither to be incredibly boring. For destefabo, marriage to Linden is purely sexual and nothing else. Book 1 of The Chemical Garden Trilogy. Where girls witherr young as 13 are forced to bear children and numerous die in the attempt.

The story is believable and digestible because of the emotions involved and threaded into the character of Rhine. Look, if the world is screwed up, people are going to turn towards religion, not away from it. It’s called Britton Hill, and it’s feet tall. But as alluring as that sounds, I was not the happiest camper when I finished the book.

We are one nameless thing sharing this strange hell. If all the children in this world are dying young, where are they finding the time and guidance to learn skilled trades that would keep all destefanl the technology functioning?

They join Rose as Linden’s new brides, but the ailing Rose is already 20 years of age and does not have long left to live. And Lauren De Stefano’s prose is world class.

It felt more like watching a film rather than paging through a book. The characters did not help the story at all ok, there really is no story, this is a YA romance wannabe.

No, my entire rating is not based off of that one particular factor. And while we’re at it, really? But there were somevthings in Wither that I couldn’t stomach.


Now, I was really worried to start this laurn. I was excited, but it still just sat there on my TBR pile under my nightstand. Desefano story could have been set in the present day and it lauden have made more sense. 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.

She wipes her mouth, trembling, terrified. Disease is not that precise.

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The first generation is almost immortal. And because none of these characters are allowed to grow up, they act immaturely all the goddamn time. A botched witber to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years.

I’d liken him to that of a mad scientist.

Publishers Weekly gave Wither a starred review, calling DeStefano’s debut novel “harrowing”. They would be underwater! I apologize that I seem to destffano tearing this to bits as I do think the books has its merits.

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You’ve successfully reported this review. The Chemical Garden 1. Yes, it has survival at its roots much like favorite YA dystopians of mine such as The Hunger Games sither Unwind and quite a disturbing premise, but it didn’t have as much depth as I would have liked.

While that sinks in, I’ll move on to the rest of the review. DeStefano gave me prose that I had expected but not received from Matched. With women living only to the age of twenty and men the age of twenty-five, the only way to prevent the extinction of the human race is for young women to dedicate their lives to polygamous marriages and having as many children as possible in the short window of time they have. What happens now is that young girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriage to procreate.


The heroine, Rhine, had a detached way of perceiving things — but, then again, all the characters had a hopeless feel to them. It’s transient and unpredictable and I hate it. It was what drew me to the book in the first place. The whole tone of the book is pretty bleak and gruesome, and the “virus” that magically attacks everybody on their birthday causes them to cough up blood and die quickly. The story is complex and saturated with emotion.

Ideally, I should give Wither four stars. Wither had me laughing, swearing and fighting tears along the way. Eradicate the problem, or at least come up with some sort of drug to lengthen the lifespans of those who are affected by it? Now usually this is fine because I read fairly fast. His father keeps him in the dark.

Only the offsprings of these new people have some side effects – females now die at the age of 20 and males – of 25 this number thing is weird, but ok, I am not going to linger on it. It is devastatingly sad. Nikolae Keaveney Maybe 12 and up? The boy must sense that the full impact of what has happened is reaching me. Indian mythology is filled with stories of polygamy — a king with three wives, a queen with five husbands. Plus, the original generation is still alive.

Not glaringly so, but sort of subtle.

The story could rightly end there although we know it doesn’tit was nice and cleanly finished in a happy ending sort of way. First of all, if the icecaps melted, the world would be in some serious shit. He falls hopelessly in love with Rhine and though she would like to, she can’t seem to find it in her to hate him.