Wednesday, 10 November 2010

"Waiting on Wednesday" - Wither by Lauren DeStefano

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection from me is:

Title: Wither  
Author: Lauren DeStefano 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Published: March 2011
ISBN: 1442409053

Book Synopsis from Goodreads:
"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 she trusts, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left"

I find the idea around this book fascinating.  I enjoy reading books about different cultures, but this would be a completley different spin on marriages.  Imagine someone kidknapping you so you could marry somone completly unknown...Imagine knowing when you are going to die...would you come to fear the end...would it be a release after craming so much into your life?  Going against the tide of what is meant to be, or percieved as the norm is not easy, Rhine seems to be running against the tide trying to use what time she has left to find her twin brother.  Sounds fascinating, and sad as well.


June G said...

This is on my TBR list too. What a fascinating cover. Good choice!

Kai @ Amaterasureads said...

Oh I love Wither! I'm so excited to get my hands on this book, both the cover and the summary are fantastic! Great WoW pick you have here. :)

If you're interested, you can check out my WoW picks here.

Miss Page-Turner said...

Argh Wither!This is on my wishlist, aswell. Looks like an awesome debut novel:)
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Jan von Harz said...

Wither is definitely one I want too. Great pick!

Pixie said...

This one sounds like its going to be a great read. Hope its worth the wait!

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jackie b central texas said...

Fascinating, sad, heartbreaking and yet also has me wanting to read it to see how it turns out! Great pick, thanks for finding something way out of what I normally choose to read to put on my own wishing to read list Michelle!

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jackie >_<

danya said...

Oooh yes, this one is on my wishlist too! One of several great-sounding dystopian books coming out next year...wish we didn't have to wait so long :D

bibliophile brouhaha said...

Oh, I love books that sound like this – this is my first time to your blog. Like it a lot! New follow!

-Linds, bibliophile brouhaha