It’s amazing what one finds trawling through twitter; bloggers, reviews and books that will make you gnaw your fingers off for a chance to read them. That’s how I found this shining gem. I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t beg, borrow, steal, dance naked for, and scream for a copy of Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I called in all my favours in high (and low) places for a copy and opportunity to read and review it.
Oh the shiny day that the review copy landed in my lap, I ran around the house more than once (insert one or two skips) and a hulleva lot of screaming and booty shaking.
Wither would be the book to convert this Fiction Femme Fatal (Yes, that’s me – ok, ok stop laughing) to a Young Adult Reader bee...
DeStefano sets before the reader a life with no life (does that make sense?). Rhine Ellery is 16 years old and is taken (more like kidnapped) as a bride. A world where genetics is a ticking bomb – Males live till 25 and Females till 20 – geneticists are baying to find an antidote. This isn’t the world you see outside your window, it’s a world where children are orphans and women are sold off as brides to try repopulate the world. Rhine is one of those brides, to wealthy Linden – who is hopelessly in love with her, but Rhine refuses to be kept captive and is adamant to get back to her twin brother and let him know she is alive. Linden may be the best kind of husband but it’s Master Vaughan that has a closet full of skeletons and a basement, filled with gut wrenching secrets. It isn’t until Rhine meets Gabriel that she doesn’t believe her freedom is possible... but when Rhine and Gabriel get too close and Gabriel disappears, will Rhine be able to look to her fellow sister brides for help?
A tumultuous read, one that had me knotted up in my duvet, cold tea dangling from my hand. This story didn’t let up for more than a page or even a paragraph. DeStefano has a way of making the Young Adult genre literary.
I need you all to read this book!!!
Big thanks to the lovely ladies at Jonathan Ball for the review copy!
Review by Kelly Ansara