Book Review: Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy, #1) by Lauren DeStefano


From Goodreads: By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males born with a lifespan of 25 years, and females a lifespan of 20 years–leaving the world in a state of panic. Geneticists seek 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 more children. When Rhine is sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Yet 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 quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric 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 has no way to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Together 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?


First of all let’s talk about the cover. I love the cover so much. I think it looks pretty. A beautiful girl wears beautiful gown and a bird inside a cage beside her. The cover is also the reason why I bought it in the first place. Without even knowing what the book is about. I love to surprise myself.

I asked my friend if she had read this books she said no, because she doesn’t like the kind of story where kids are ‘forced’ to have sex. Well fair enough. Just like some people who doesn’t like The Hunger Games because its about kids who killing another kids. Right?

It took months for me to read this book because of the mix review on Goodreads. Me personally did not dislike it. The first few chapter of the book quite boring and I frequently took it down because I just can’t make myself to read it. But towards the middle of the story it become more interesting. We get to know each others hidden agenda. I’m going to order the second book next week. I want to know whats gonna happen to Rhine, Gabriel and Linden. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.


Rhine earned her first wife privilege, got to go out to the party with Linden, got the key card so she could go to any floor she wanted. Rhine feels like she step closer to her goal. Freedom.

But being given the first wife title will give her freedom? The answer is no. The attendants were more intense than ever. They never leave her alone. She barely have time to herself because there will always attendant who asking what she needs all the time.

Rhine’s feeling toward Linden started to grow. But she always denied it. And no lie, it hurt my heart a little bit. Because I like Linden. He’s as much as victim like the three girls at his house. And they could get away together you know? But no. She goes with Gabriel. Can’t even imagine how he’s feeling when he found out that Rhine is gone. He must be devastated. And also I want to know if Vaughn will ever found out that Cecily help Rhine and Gabriel to escape. What he’s gonna do to her if so?

See you guys!


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