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Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy) (udgave 2011)

af Lauren DeStefano (Forfatter)

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After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
Titel:Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)
Forfattere:Lauren DeStefano (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2011), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
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I have a feeling that I missed something because while I enjoyed the book I didn't absolutely adore it like many of my fellow readers seemed to have.

The book is refreshing in that it doesn't rely upon a love triangle to fuel its pace. It also doesn't create bad guys to create bad guys. DeStefano also tries to portray a health female friendship, even though cliche dictates they should HATE each other to pieces.

I want to mention how striking this cover is. It’s not usually the kind of cover I like, but it fits. It has symbolism. Wither is the first in the Chemical Garden trilogy, which is about normal for young adult novels these days. Especially young adult novels in the dystopian genre.

In the future humans are a ticking time bomb of death. Males live to 25 and females to 20, so society does what society is really good at–they figure out a way oppress females! Poor unfortunate souls get kidnapped, sold and forced into polygamous marriages to males so that the men can breed as many kids as possible. Well, the rich men get that treatment, at least.

Before I go further, I want to point out that though parts of this review may sound harsh, it’s not that I disliked or didn’t enjoy the novel. I just feel kind of overloaded on bleak, desperate dystopians where the government (or society, and sometimes they are the same) controls everything. Just off the top of my head I can name three other recently released or soon to be released books of a similar concept: Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Matched by Ally Condie, and Bumped by Megan McCafferty. That’s a whole lot of depression to be reading in a six month period.

Rhine, our main character, introduces us to the world and what’s happening. And she’s not a bad sort to have as a narrator. She doesn’t often dwell on the bleakness of her situation, she focuses on what it means to survive. She keeps hoping for a cure to the genetic problems plaguing mankind. In short she’s fair-minded and even-handed. Too often dystopians seem to have a focal character who is too far left or right.

DeStefano’s writing is lush and provocative; she offers an unbiased viewpoint in regards to what happens. Rhine as a narrator doesn’t judge or endorse the practice of kidnapping girls for the polygamous marriages. There is an obvious need, and her husband Linden isn’t a bad person–he’s not cruel or abusive, at least. And the trade-0ff isn’t half bad at first. All the food she can eat, pretty clothing and jewels, party after party…it’s a dream come true.

But…well, if Rhine had remained happy in life, we wouldn’t have much of a plot right? I will say I was happy to see that even though there is a “love” story outside of her marriage, it’s not the impetus of the novel. At least it didn’t feel as if it was to me. Rhine’s relationship with her sister-wives (oh, hey, yes, polygamy, I know I mentioned that) fuel her character more. Rhine wants to protect both Cecily (the younger one at 13) and Jenna (older at 19).

In the end the fact that DeStefano doesn’t dwell on a love triangle, or make Linden out to be a creep and villain, made this book worth more to me. I want to find out what happens next and follow the tension. This book doesn’t promise happy endings sunshine perfectness–I sincerely hope the series remains true to that. ( )
  lexilewords | Dec 28, 2023 |
I like the story. BUT... I didn't really have any emotional connection to the characters. When one of them died it wasn't until later that I realized it didn't really bother me at all. I wish the relationships were explored a little deeper. The only character I found myself even a little emotionally attached to was Cecialy. I will read the next one because I do like the story and the potential of the characters I just hope for more. ( )
  MsTera | Oct 10, 2023 |
Years ago, back in my high school years, I stared in awe at this beautiful cover in my local bookshop. Due to limited finances, I could never pick the book up. Years passed by, and eventually I came across this book at a local book sale. You can bet your booty I grabbed this book and ran with it! Well, I paid for it first, but you get the gist.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano is a dystopian novel where the the new generation dies young (due to the perfection of genetics and the limitation of cancer). The boys die at 24 and the girls die at 20, so polygamy marriages are flourishing and the women pop out babies as quick as they can. Now, that may sound like some sort of dream for people, but you have to keep in mind these women are being sold off into these marriages so it's not exactly the ideal situation. This apocalypse is torture, and our lead Rhine thinks there may be a bit of a conspiracy going on... She's probably not wrong.

The first half of this book had me totally hooked and I could not put it down. I was desperately reading my little heart out, needing to know what was happening. Then the second half of the book happened and I sort of lost interest. Some of the logic behind this book was lost to me, and that's probably because I was overthinking it. Everyone needs to reproduce early because they die, so the older generations will take care of the babies? Also, why is no one trying to solve this issue or just... stop perfecting the whole genetics thing? I want more scientific information - it was hard for me (as an overthinker) to believe the context of the story. And that's a dumb statement, because fantasy isn't necessarily logical.

I also felt this book had a bit of a "men are trash" vibes at time. It made me wonder about the thought process of the characters, because they constantly bashed their husband but he didn't seem... that bad? He seemed like a guy in a bad situation and not the villain. There was very obviously a big, bad villain present who they should have been complaining about.

Then there are the chicks - oh my, are they manipulative! Sure, they all want to reproduce and get married but... it seemed odd. None of them saw the negative of this situation except Rhine? Nobody tried to escape or anything? They are just a slice of the population, so I'm sure there are more stories elsewhere. Also, why focus on reproduction? You have four years to live and they don't just want to bone everyone? I feel like that would be more of interest to the men than popping out babies. Unless those men are being controlled...

I am nosy why this series is called The Chemical Garden. Unless I can find the sequels easily at my local charity book stores and sales, I won't be continuing it. I just wasn't attached to this book liked I hope I would be. If I would have grabbed it back in my high school years I definitely would have been emotionally attached. This is the kind of Gothic weird I lived for in high school. Unfortunately, my adult self thinks too much for my own good now.

My biggest positive is that Lauren has one of the most beautiful writing styles and has a miraculous way with words. I was so impressed by how she wrote and that's why I stuck with this book when I was losing interest. She's just so good! So much potential!

Overall, this book is unique and it's one of those really wicked dystopian novels that will make you think. I can see an audience really loving it, but I'm not in it.

Two out of five stars. ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
This book has just driven me nuts in the most polite way.

The ending felt..sort of abrupt. I don't know why. And I just can't get past the fact that she never just..told Linden about her life. About the truth. About the fact that Rhine had a brother, that Jenna's sisters were murdered, that all the girls were kidnapped and the rejects were discarded. I can't get past the fact that if he'd just known the reality that he would have made changes. That he'd have been horrified. And there was really no reason NOT to tell him. Vaughn couldn't have done anything about it once Linden knew. And that really, really bothers me. And the book took way too much suspension of disbelief -- so she's first wife but they've never consummated? O.o Really? And no details about the virus at all.

Calling this A Handmaid's Tale for kids is a good comparison, but A Handmaid's Tale took very little suspension of disbelief -- that's what made it so frightening. This was just frustrating.
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  lyrrael | Aug 3, 2023 |
Sigh. Excellent premise (though maybe not one to be reading during pandemic days.) Not so excellent execution. This is really more of a girl-sold-into-marriage book that I kept expecting to have fantastical elements as that's where we normally see those plots. I wanted the world fleshed out, not random trampolining with her sister wives and a very boring love interest. And I can just see where books 2 and 3 will go! But if someone can spoil me and let me know if they find a cure I would appreciate it because I'm not planning to read them. ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
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