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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My reaction to this book may be a result of the fact that after twelve years of public education I’m completely sick of immaturity. I was rather disturbed by the child bride aspect.

More reviews and more at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. Or someone didn’t want to write a rape scene from behind the eyes of the MC. Females should not be having their own harems either!

Some ,auren the eventual scenes between Destedano and Linden actually reminded me of the relationship between Ty and Gemma of Stolen. It also strains credulity that a healthy young man would view spoiler [chastely lie in bed with her for over 10 months and never consummate the marriage, even as he’s going through the Kama Sutra with another wife. She is kidnapped by the gatherers and sold off to Governor Linden Ashby along with Jenna 18 desetfano Cecily Look at the cover of this book.

This is given a lot more leeway if the story is set in an alternate world ie: Add in that terrible cliffhanger, and I’m not sure if I was that big of a fan of this novel. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. An excellent addition to the genre and a marvelous debut.


Beautiful, and delicate, it grabbed me from the first page. I’ll be interested to see him develop further in the next book.

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Needless to say, I was very impressed with the writing. Cicely, on the other hand, envisions it as a privilege to live in the mansion where she can be waited on.

I apologize that I seem to be tearing this to bits as I do think the books has its merits. Why do men live five years longer then women especially when women outlive men? The full text of this review may be found in The Midnight Garden.

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Jenna looks at it as living her final two years in style before the virus takes her life. Of course I could be missing a few but those that I do wander across, love. When you’re building an alternate universe, you have envision every aspect of it. It wasn’t all desperate declarations of love and affirmations of undying passion.

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.

Can you think of one, just one disease we have right now that would attack at person at a specific age? Hardback Editions December Since we have Rhine going from Manhattan to Florida, from that tiny statement alone my suspension of disbelief has a black eye, a bloody nose and is missing a tooth.

There are surface attempts to create relationships between Rhine and Linden and between the sister wives, but none of them seemed very real or compelling to me–and Rhine’s interest in Gabriel seems due to proximity more than anything else. Wouldn’t it make more sense for them to wear street clothing?


It was rather ambiguous or I must have missed it, but that seems like such a short amount of time in the not too distant future to have our legal and government system go to shit where it allows for underage marriages, illegal drinking, polygamy, child slavery, disregard for the age of consent, flaunting of kidnapping where the girls are televised on television.

Is there more to life than marrying, having children and dying at such a young age? But the plot ruined this effect.

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You can’t withed pick and choose which elements to remove without considering the greater repercussions of that action. We have no idea what really happens outside of Rhine’s eyes. And all the other continents are under water. I won’t even attempt to narrow it down to a single genre. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Unfortunately their children ended up plagued with a virus that killed all females by the age of 20 and all males by the age of Hardcoverpages.

We can share books, we have destffano to talk about, we can make recommendations for each other and more! While that sinks in, I’ll move on to the rest of the review.