Series: The Chemical Garden #1
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By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking 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 kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?
Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?
Music Monday is a feature where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read…anything that relates to it in my mind.
What songs remind you of certain books or character?? Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know!!
This past week I read Wither by Lauren DeStefano…and haven’t been able to get it out of my head. This book is being released tomorrow, March 22, and I recommend you go out and read it!
This song, Wedding Dress by Matt Nathanson, is for Rhine & Linden. Here’s an outtake from my review in which I talk about their relationship:
“Rhine and Linden’s relationship was interesting. He favors her and opens up to her and maybe that’s the reason he doesn’t push her to do anything with him that she doesn’t want to do. I do think that after almost a year of being married to her he would have tried harder to make it happen. Especially if he truly loves her as he says. I truly believe he’s really a good person. Naive maybe, but a good person none the less. Rhine stays on his good side to try and earn his trust, but I think she really cares for him, unbeknownst to herself.”
Read my full review here: Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano