Wither (Paperback)

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I know, I know… another
dystopian society book? That’s what I thought too as I picked up
Wither. What I found was a story of change, challenge and courage.
Set in the future, after the human race has been successful in
genetically engineering a generation of perfect humans. Successive
generations, however, have short lives with men dying at 25 and women
dying at 20, from an unknown illness.
Wither follows Rhine, a 16 year old kidnapped and forced into a plural
marriage with one aim: bearing children that can be studied to find a
cure. Rhine struggles to accept her position in this marriage as first
wife, constantly seeking escape from her prison home. However, she
begins to feel for her husband and her sister wives, when push comes to
shove, will Rhine be able to escape and make her way back to her twin
brother in the hopes of finding him still alive?

— Bess

Spring 2011 Kids' Next List

“This dark, dystopian fantasy is the stunning beginning to what promises to be an exciting trilogy. In a world where women die at age 20 and men at age 25, 16-year-old Rhine is among thousands of girls who are kidnapped and sold to wealthy young husbands. Rhine finds herself one of three mistresses on a huge, decadent estate, but her only wish is to escape back to the poverty in which she lived with her twin brother. I'm already pumped for the next book!”
— Daryl Ellerbe, Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY


At age 16, Rhine Ellery has four years to live. Thanks to a botched effort to create a perfect race, all females live to age 20 and males live to age 21. On the cusp of her 17th birthday, Rhine attempts to flee, but what she finds is a society spiraling out of control.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780007425471
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: August 1st, 2011
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