Hello everyone and welcome to another TBR Monday!
TBR Monday is a post where I share a book from my infinitely long TBR list that I’m excited to read (one day). It’s also a good way for me to look through my TBR list and find out what’s really worth reading on there (and what I just added because I saw a pretty cover).
This week I picked out an older book on my TBR: Wither by Lauren DeStefano.
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking 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 kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. 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 is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?
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?
To be perfectly honest, when I first saw this book I checked it out only because of the cover. I love this cover design and the colors. I especially like the look of the model.
But then I read the synopsis and it’s what really hooked me. This story just sounds crazy! I mean you only have 20/25 years to live, and then you’re married off to people you don’t know so that you’ll have more children. I’m not too sure how to feel about the fact that Rhine doesn’t hate her husband as much as she should? It’d feel kinda weird for her to actually fall in love with the person she was sold to (it would just read like Stockholm syndrome to me).
Although I have a feeling it would still be a great read.