Beschreibung bei Amazon Some authors pick up easy topics and write wonderful stories while there are others who love to pick up some controversial complex topic and create a marvel. It takes a lot of courage and enigma to pick up such complex topics and Lauren DeStefano loves to write about them. When we talk about young adult writers who challenge their readers, Lauren is the front runner among them. She earned her English Degree from Albertus Magnus College and began her writing career with her first publication in She feels like she was born to write.
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Plot[ edit ] Wither describes a future where genetic engineering has cured humanity of all diseases and defects. People worldwide have foregone conceiving children naturally in favor of this new science. This generation of perfect humans, later dubbed "The First Generation", lived very long and prosperous lives. Unfortunately their children ended up plagued with a virus that killed all females by the age of 20 and all males by the age of Humanity now scrambles for a cure as society has broken down into large gaps between the rich and the poor.
Gatherers hunt for young girls on the streets to sell them into labs for research, and the unwanted ones go into prostitution or are simply killed. Rhine finds herself forced to marry Linden along with two other girls, Jenna and Cecily. Life in the Ashby manor is very comfortable. Cecily embraces it while Rhine constantly thinks of ways to escape. She befriends her servant Gabriel and behaves like a good wife in front of Linden and his father, Housemaster Vaughn, in order to earn the title of "First Wife", which would grant her additional privileges to roam the mansion.
Rhine sets that as a goal in order to plan her escape. She is the narrator and protagonist of the novel. Rhine has heterochromia , one blue eye and one brown eye. He is also married to Rose. She dislikes living in the mansion as much as Rhine but is less adamant about trying to escape. Cecily: The youngest of the sister wives at She is the most excited and interested about the marriage and enjoys her new life.
She later bears a baby boy named Bowen. She is stressed by the medicines given to her and wishes for death. He seeks a cure to the virus, using whomever and whatever means necessary. Gabriel: One of many servants in the mansion. He was bought from an auction at an orphanage. He is assigned to care for Rhine and develops a relationship with her. Rhine believes he is still in New York, looking for her.
Deirdre is a young orphan, and her father was a skilled painter who taught her about art. It has sold to several countries around the world. Kunzel from VOYA calls Wither a "thought-provoking novel" that "will also stimulate discussion in science and ethics classes".
The first book of The Chemical Garden Trilogy. 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.
Plot[ edit ] Wither describes a future where genetic engineering has cured humanity of all diseases and defects. People worldwide have foregone conceiving children naturally in favor of this new science. This generation of perfect humans, later dubbed "The First Generation", lived very long and prosperous lives. Unfortunately their children ended up plagued with a virus that killed all females by the age of 20 and all males by the age of