What if you knew exactly when you would die?
Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb — males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape — to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.-Synopsis from Goodreads
I was drawn to this book mostly because that cover is just so damn gorgeous. I mean, look at it! So pretty I had to pick it up. Also, I've been on a big dystopian kick this year so I was plenty eager to give it a read. I was completely drawn into the story and finished the book in less than a day. I'll admit, there had to be a little suspension of disbelief when it comes to the world building. There were a few things regarding the virus and the way society worked in this world that didn't make sense or add up but I was able to push that aside.
Wither read almost like a movie for me. I could see each and every scene play out in my head as I read just as if I were watching it on a movie screen. I love when that happens. I'll admit, I saw a youtube video someone made with their dream cast (which, of course, I've included below) and it totally influenced the way I saw the characters in my head but I couldn't help it, they fit so well.
All in all I found it to be a good quick read and I'm eagerly anticipating the next book. I'm hoping it may clear up some of the lingering questions I have.
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