Wither

Wither

Paperback Chemical Garden Trilogy

By (author) Lauren DeStefano

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  • Publisher: HarperVoyager
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 26mm | 270g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007386982
  • ISBN 13: 9780007386987
  • Sales rank: 46,695

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A stunning debut YA novel, destined to blow the dystopian genre wide open - The Handmaid's Tale for a new generation. This edition will contain a sneak preview of Fever, and a brand new short story by Lauren DeStefano: "The First Bride". Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery has only four years left to live when she is kidnapped by the Gatherers and forced into a polygamous marriage. Now she has one purpose: to escape, find her twin brother, and go home - before her time runs out forever. What if you knew you exactly when you would die? In our brave new future, DNA engineering has resulted in a terrible genetic flaw. Women die at the age of 20, men at 25. Young girls are being abducted and forced to breed in a desperate attempt to keep humanity ahead of the disease that threatens to eradicate it. 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is kidnapped and sold as a bride to Linden, a rich young man with a dying wife. Even though he is kind to her, Rhine is desperate to escape her gilded cage - and Linden's cruel father. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in what little time she has left.

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Lauren DeStefano earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007. Wither is her first novel.

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A 'harrowing debut ... DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters... It will be intriguing to see how DeStefano develops [the larger world] as this promising trilogy progresses.' - Publisher's Weekly starred review 'Lauren DeStefano crafts an all too believable future. I loved the world, the romance, the writing - exactly the kind of book I've been craving to read.' -Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH 'Wither is an exceptional novel that begins with a bang and doesn't let you go-it's gut-wrenching, shocking, incredible, and completely and utterly absorbing all at once... DeStefano is a fearless writer, and though it is firmly its own book, Wither will remind readers of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.' -TheCompulsiveReader.com