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Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy | [Lauren DeStefano]

Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy

Lauren DeStefano makes a stellar debut with this chilling tale. The first installment of a planned trilogy, Wither introduces listeners to a bleak world where a mysterious disease kills most women by the age of 20 and men by the age of 25. Like many girls her age, 16-year-old Rhine has been captured and forced into marriage in an effort to keep the population growing. But, despite her new husband’s wealth, she wants nothing more than to escape her servitude and return home before time runs out.
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Lauren DeStefano makes a stellar debut with this chilling tale. The first installment of a planned trilogy, Wither introduces listeners to a bleak world where a mysterious disease kills most women by the age of 20 and men by the age of 25. Like many girls her age, 16-year-old Rhine has been captured and forced into marriage in an effort to keep the population growing. But, despite her new husband’s wealth, she wants nothing more than to escape her servitude and return home before time runs out.

©2011 Lauren DeStefano (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 09-17-11
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 09-17-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I expected"

    Overall, Wither is rather good. There were some plot difficulties. Elements of the world created don't make sense. Maybe they will be fleshed out in the next books. Some of the things that were supposed to horrify didn't, and some of the things that weren't did. The writing was above average though, and that helped smooth over some of the problems.
    Plus, with the exception of one evil character, no one is irredeemable, even those we ought to consider bad. They are fairly complex, and you find yourself liking the man you should hate. Even the protaganist has problems remembering to hate him, and she has reason. No one is entirely good either. Even the too good to be true character is flawed, which is nice.
    The narration was excellent. I could see the narrator being considered dry, but thought she was perfect for the character who narrated the book. She didn't do a lot with voices, except the exceptionally whiny youngest sister bride, but that didn't detract for me. Too many voices end up being badly done when a female narrator tries to do male voices (and of course the reverse as well).
    I will read the next books when they come out.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    04-04-13
    04-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Wither is exactly what I did while listening!"

    This could have been a good one. It had potential, but that potential along with my credit withered away. I just got so frustrated with the narrators droning on and on, with the characters making no real sense, and with the authors depressing, endless misery she kept doling out. I had to stop listening.

    Please don't waste a credit, and please don't encourage any YA reader to either.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kailene jacksonville, FL, United States 09-16-12
    kailene jacksonville, FL, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not for ME"
    What did you like best about Wither? What did you like least?

    the main idea was a brilliant, and had it been written with a more complex story line i would have more likely purchase the second book.

    also the narraters voice for the main character was not what i expected however towards the end i appreciated how she read the main characters voice.

    i did listen all the way through the end as i wanted to find out what happened. I was intrigued enough to read it through which is more then i can say about previous books.



    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for a teen, and thus it was written exactly on point for the genre.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Becky M 08-22-12
    Becky M 08-22-12
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    "No Extreme Points But Kept My Attention"
    If you could sum up Wither in three words, what would they be?

    I have found this book to be the most difficult to describe of all the audiobooks I have listened to so far... If I had to sum the book up in three words it would have to be: One-Dimensional, Confusing, and Entertaining.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the story was the bonds forged between the sister wives. It was the most positive emotions expressed by the narrator towards anyone other than her parents and brother, even that is wrought with saddness (which is to be expected). The least interesting aspect was the romance between Rhine and Gabriel... This really should be one of the best parts of the book, however, it fell flat on its face from the start! I don't think it is possible to really feel in deep connection between the two, especially with her husband sleeping in bed with her almost every night!


    Which character – as performed by Angela Lin – was your favorite?

    Cecily! She did an excellent job capturing her immature and whiny tone! Also, House Master Vaughn sounded very creepy with the voice she gave him!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really... It's more of a book you have to take in small doses... I just couldn't take all of the internal monologue and depressing jargon all at once.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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