Star Rating: 5/5
By: Lauren DeStefano
The human race is dying and has been since science’s first generation of disease-free children had families of their own. Decades before, cancer was cured and science engineered its own population of healthy children. There was no reason to conceive of a natural child when science could perfect embryos, keeping them free of all ailments. Unfortunately, things have changed. While this first generation of children thrives, their children die young—the men at twenty-five and the women at twenty. Doctors search for some new cure. Wealthy families fight to keep their lines going through polygamist marriages. Gatherers steal young women off the streets to sell as potential wives. But the population is still dying and there seems to be little left to live for.
DeStefano’s Wither is a world that wraps you up and draws you in right from page one. This macabre dystopia—a future earth that is horrifyingly familiar—is thankfully filled with the life of the novel’s heroine.