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Books for Young Readers
Wither was sent to me recently and though the cover wasn't exactly like the ones I tend to gravitate toward, I was instantly sucked in. How beautiful is it?!?! It's such an interesting photo, gorgeous as well as harrowing, and slightly sad and mysterious. And all of this conveyed before you even open the book!
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Anyway...once I got past that first page and started to read the contents, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story actually reflected a lot of the elegance and beauty of its cover. The language of Wither is what really drew me into the story; besides being well-written, this sort of dystopian future-tale of a girl who's kidnapped and force to marry a rich man and become one of his many wives, had me excited to pick it up chapter after chapter.
Here's the description:
In the not-too-distant future, because of genetic engineering, every human is a ticking time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. To keep the population from dying out, girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriages.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine is taken, she enters a world of wealth and privilege that both entices and terrifies her. She has everything she ever wanted—except freedom. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to escape before it's too late.
Though it's not as fast-paced or action-packed as other dystopian books (it's no Hunger Games) I truly enjoyed reading Wither. If you're looking for an interesting read with beautiful use of the English language (and an even more gorgeous cover), you can pick it up in March when it hits bookstores!