What if you knew exactly when you would die?
Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.
After reading the synopsis for Lauren DeStefano's debut book, Wither, I was instantly intrigued! Eccentric over-bearing fathers make any story awesome, but one who wants to experiment on dead people, that's just screams read me! Then of course when the cover came out I fell IN LOVE! It's absolutely stunning, and I feel that it fits the over all vibe of the book perfectly. I can't wait to turn the cover of this book and see how well the story of Rhine plays out. Though this is the first book in the Chemical Garden trilogy, Lauren has been getting some great buzz around the web about Wither. I'm hoping that she can bust the other two books out quickly, because once I read a great book, it's torture waiting for the next one!
Wither's release date is March 22nd, so if you're interested in ordering your copy make sure you check out Lauren's website. Of course there's also the mandatory stalking on Twitter, and becoming a fan on Facebook.