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.
- Chemical Garden trilogy - bk. 1.
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In a world were every girl dies when she hits twenty, but is usually kidnapped to have children for men (who die at 25) who have multiple wives. This is the situation that Rhine finds herself in, but she refuses to give in to a life stuck with no freedom and so many lies. She befriends the servant who brings her food and gets to know her capture and sister wives. This book shows her day to day life and the plans that she creates to find her brother and freedom with the help of Gabriel, her attendant/ lover.
Rhine is 16 years old and is going to die in 4 years. In her society, woman live to 20 and men to 25 due to a terrible virus created by and experiment-gone-wrong that happened 2 generations ago. In her world, almost everyone is under the age of 25 except for the first generation, who were born before the virus and linger at 70 years old, watching their children and grandchildren die. To combat the end of the human race, wealthy men take young girls and woman as brides. Rhine is one such bride, chosen from a group of a dozen kidnapped girls along with two others to wed 21-year-old Linden. Those who were not chosen were shot. ---See my full review here: http://throughthebookvine.blogspot.com/2011/04/wither.html
Lauren DeStefano has created a terrifying world, where at 16 a girl is considered an old maid, and no one expects to live beyond 25. Can you begin to imagine the social, economical and political repercussions of such a dramatically shorter life span that suddenly plagues what is left of the world? It’s an interesting (albeit terrifying) idea, and I’m pretty fascinated by the parts of the book that describe life outside the mansion that is essentially Rhine’s prison.
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and it only seems fitting that, in this moment of illusion, the words just come out of me.