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WITHER by LAUREN DESTEFANO

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Summary

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.

Genre: Young Adult, Futuristic

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

Simon & Schuster
March 1, 2011
Available: March 22, 2011
ISBN #1442409053
EAN #9781442409057
368 pages
Hardcover
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