Wither by Lauren DeStefano


Another dystopian novel for all you fans of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Matched, and so forth. I'm really not a fan of these types of books, but I read this one for a book group and it was an interesting premise and much less violent than The Hunger Games. It is actually quite clean, but has some harsher and more mature themes, so would be a good read for older teens.

Rhine Ellery is a sixteen-year-old girl in a future North America. By this time, the world has cured cancer and other known threats, but a mysterious virus kills all girls at age twenty and all boys at twenty-five. It is a common practice for young girls to be stolen and forced into becoming polygamist brides to rich men in an attempt to increase the population. Rhine is caught and put in one of these households, but, although she is treated kindly by her husband, she finds other disturbing secrets in the house. As she faces these secrets, Rhine will stop at nothing to win back her freedom and return to her twin brother.

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