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FREE PDF î BOOK Wither by Lauren DeStefano ´ LAUREN DESTEFANO Â [Epub] ➤ Wither ➥ Lauren DeStefano – By age sixteen Rhine Ellery has four years left to live She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all maleIs kidnapped and sold as a bride she vows to do all she can to escape Her husband Linden is hopelessly in love with her and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life But Rhine uickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems Her father in law an eccentri My grandmother was twelve when she got married Fourteen when she gave birth to her first child By the time she was thirty she had given birth to seven children I'm telling you this to give you a little perspective on where I'm coming from A culture where child brides are not so far in the past that we can't see their faces A social order where things we can't imagine today were not only accepted but natural Indian mythology is filled with stories of polygamy — a king with three wives a ueen with five husbands These are the stories I grew up with ingrained seamlessly into my culture This may be why some of the things that disturb people about Wither don't seem uite as unnatural and unbelievable to me Ideally I should give Wither four stars The world building pretty much sucks to be honest There is a token acknowledgement of a debilitating virus one that kills all the young women at the age of twenty and young men at the age of twenty four I'm always unconvinced by age determined viruses especially when they are so specific Can you think of one just one disease we have right now that would attack at person at a specific age With no variables I can't either and that is the first point at which the world building falls short The second is the complete lack of detail that goes into building this dystopian society There are very many many descriptions of the dresses and the house and the holograms but none whatsoever of the real world outside the privileged set that Rhine is introduced to When you're building an alternate universe you have envision every aspect of it If only a section of North America is left unsubmerged which is pretty unconvincing in and of itself then would an industrialized society such as the one described in Wither still work Where are the crops grown Where are the raw materials processed In the absence of most of the world's population where are they finding the labour for even the bare necessities let alone house constructions and clothing manufacture and soap opera production 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 of the technology functioning Where is the religion If there's one thing that comes to the fore at the edge of the world's destruction it's religion Too many uestions that are left conveniently unanswered But I am willing to forgive the flaws in the world building as I did in A Long Long Sleep because of the sheer beauty of the writing If there's one thing that can suck me in and hold me captive it's beautiful prose And Lauren De Stefano's prose is world class What really caught me about this book was the human element It just happens with some characters you know They're not just interesting they're almost real And with Wither that didn't happen with just one character but almost all of them I found myself connecting really connecting on a level deeper than words with all of the wounded desperate people in this storyThe story is complex and saturated with emotion It is the emotion that throbs behind every sentence that really gives this book its character The plot unfolds beautifully and Rhine is the perfect central character smart and tough but also so very vulnerable When she is first stolen and sold as a bride to a House Governor she is full of anger and pain She is determined to hate her husband the cause of so much misery and death Her only goal is escape her beacon the freedom to live her short life and die in a place and a life of her choosing This ambition shapes her actions throughout the book but it doesn't make her a single dimensional character She begins to develop feelings for one of the servants sold into captivity; she forms a bond with her sister wives; she even slowly begins to understand and care for her husband so hapless and oblivious And Linden Linden just broke my heart I've read some reviews that talk about his lack of spine but to me Linden was never a weak character He's one of the most powerful ones in the story in fact In the beginning I was inclined to hate him much as Rhine did But DeStefano pulled the rug out from under my feet He's such a mixture of affection and dependency and naïveté He is as much a victim of circumstance and manipulation as any of the sister wives a fact that only slowly becomes obvious to the reader and to Rhine Here's what I admired about DeStefano's writing she made me like Linden before she revealed his ignorance about the death and destruction surrounding the world around him I felt almost schizophrenic towards the end of the book with one half of my mind urging Rhine towards choice and freedom and the other half urging her to stay just for LindenRhine's bond with her sister wives is also a huge plus point for this book From initial distance and distrust she slowly begins to form a bond with them to truly become their sister Even with Rose the first wife who dies before her marriage she manages to form a sympathetic relationship She cares deeply about Jenna the withdrawn tortured recluse and Cecily the child trembling on the brink of adulthood and too blind to see what she's missing The subtle loss of Cecily's childhood and her ignorance of its value was especially chilling and beautifully drawn I like the fact that DeStefano realistically portrays Rhine's conflict between staying and going Even as she acknowledges the lure of freedom Rhine worries about her newfound family and is seduced by the idea of living out her life in the comfort and solicitude of Linden's homeEvery character tugged a separate heartstring from the little domestic Dierdre to Gabriel so very much in love and so very helpless to do anything about it I'm glad the romance took a backseat in this story without ever uite going away It wasn't all desperate declarations of love and affirmations of undying passion Instead it was one thread to add to all the other threads tangling together in Rhine's complicated life And over all of it was the shining theme of freedom never really pushed in my face but woven throughout the story Every time Rhine is in danger of getting too complacent she remembers what real freedom is no matter how uncomfortable and painful achieving it may be Rhine is a character I will remember for a long time strong and courageous and pragmatic and dreamy and smart and vulnerable and so very real I'm not sure I would classify this book as YA Lauren DeStefano's prose is solid and stately complex and layered with ideas and emotions that reuire a certain level of experience and maturity to resonate with a reader But personally this is a book that has found a place in my heart and also taught me that dissing a book before trying it for myself is a Very Bad Idea Disclosure An ARC of this book was provided to me by the publishers for review purposes No external considerations affected this review

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By age sixteen Rhine Ellery has four years left to live She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of years and females with a lifespan of years 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 children When Rhine As seen on The ReadventurerOh boy do I have problems with this new crop of YA dystopianpost apocalyptic lit I am starting to think that the authors who attempt to explore this genre have no understanding of what it takes to write such books Just making up some new horrible way people are treated in a future society and adding in some angsty love triangle isn't enough I don't want to sound too lectur y but these new young writers probably do not realize that to create a dystopianpost apocalyptic society that is believable they need to 1 understand how our current world works; 2 be able to identify cultural political economical trends that can possibly affect humanity in a major way in future; 3 realize that when they set their eyes on extrapolating a certain trend they need to have their characters react to it in a logical in terms of human psychology wayLet's take Wither About 70 year prior to the beginning of the story humanity got itself into a huge bind Playing with genetic engineering scientists created a new improved type of people cured of decease with longer lives etc 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 What happens now is that young girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriage to procreate The main character of this novel 16 year old Rhine is now one of 4 wives and is scared for her futureYou know what my problem is right here The notion that barely out of teen years young men would be so preoccupied with procreation Why would they care to make babies They will be dead in a couple of years Why would anyone in this world care to have children or place a value on them if they never see them grow if they never were raised by their own parents Such a strong pro procreation scheme reuires a lot of conditioning IMO some structure that makes young people accept the idea they need to waste their precious years on being pregnant and producing children You need some older people to think up and maintain the procreation cycle because mostly older people care about this sort of thing Throw a couple of dozen of teens on an island tell them they only have four years to live and see how many will think about the next generation There are some first generation people around in this novel who can live their lives until old age but I never found them very influential in this world DeStefano created More often than not they are domestics and not evil mastermindsThen the whole structure of this world is just unbelievable Why do these people want to give birth to children when there is nobody to take care of them and so many of them run wild Why do they kill young girls if they are so valuable as wombs Who actually makes these young people work if they know they are about to die What motivates them to go to work None of these uestions were answered convincingly to meThe entire dystopianpost apocalyptic premise is faulty in my mind My rant here only pertains to a fraction of issues I have with it There are great reviews like this one that explore holes in the world building in terms of economics politics etc You might think I am too nit picky uestion everything but I just read Paolo Bacigalupi's short story The People of Sand and Slag in which people eat sand regrow their limbs and embellish their bones with blades and I totally bought it When written right any even the most outrageous premise can make you believe in itI am sure there will be some people taken by Wither They will like being shockeddisgustedtitillated by the scenes of polygamy the main character's constant fear of being raped and impregnated 13 year old girl having sex with her much older husband and liking it mentions of Kama Sutra etc I personally found some aspects of this novel distasteful Instead of Wither I would recommend The Handmaid's Tale and The Children of Men which deal with similar themes but in a responsible and sophisticated way

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Wither by Lauren DeStefaC doctor bent on finding the antidote is hoarding corpses in the basement Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive Will Rhine be able to escape before her time runs outTogether with one of Linden's servants Gabriel Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy is there any hope for freedom After a great deal of reflection I can't shake off the fondness I had for this novel For me it had a deep rich intoxicating uality that I don't often read in Young Adult novels and has become an increasing rarity for meMany reviews make a deal of the problems associated with the implausible premise If you think that’s going to bother you then you’re best to steer clear of this one As for me unbelievable characters or plot holes will ruin my reading experience but I’ve never necessarily been deterred by an implausible story vehicles so long as it gave me a good ride TWSS As with Unwind I prefer to see the value of the idea fulfilled than to wonder over how likely or unlikely it isHowever Unwind’s premise was always very clearly tied to its themes and intentions which didn’t always feel as such with Withered I found it difficult to determine what the main themes of Withered actually were The value of freedom glimpsed from a gilded cage The systematic oppression of women when society is placed under stress The insidious nature of Stockholm syndrome Despite the ambiguity of the above Wither is very readable complete with unsettling atmosphere interesting relatable characters and a compelling plot I wonder at the characterization of Linden though and it worries me Raise The Red Lantern depicted this setting best for me by not even showing the husband on screen It strained credibility that he could be so naïve so blind to the world around him and at times felt weak to not portray him as a realistic character Realistically he would have been a character who purchased three girls from slave traders and with full knowledge and forethought forced them to marry him Perhaps that is the crux of the issue Despite Rhine’s seeming pragmatism there was a romanticizing idealic undertone that couldn’t be ignored Where the bad people are irredeemably bad and the good are great and we all know which side of that line they’re on Whether black or white Still I can’t complain really I thought every character was reasonably complex and interesting – even if I would have preferred to read this story with a different type of Linden just to see a bold stance by the author I think DeStefano’s strong stylistic abilities and natural story telling flare saved this for me Parts of me wanted it to be a grittier rawer read but the other half wasn’t sure my blood pressure would take it So if you're looking for an interesting thought provoking YA Dystopian give this a try