Thanks to modern science, every newborn has become a ticking 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.
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Rhine and her brother Rowan are living day to day, working to survive, constantly looking over their shoulders, always waiting for Rhine to be kidnapped, or instantly killed. Well the day comes, and Rhine is thrown into a van full of a dozen other girls, many who are shot dead on the ride,... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Rhine and her brother Rowan are living day to day, working to survive, constantly looking over their shoulders, always waiting for Rhine to be kidnapped, or instantly killed. Well the day comes, and Rhine is thrown into a van full of a dozen other girls, many who are shot dead on the ride, and others who are dropped at other places. Rhine and two others are taken for Governor Linden, to be his wife. Cecily, and Jenna are two of her sister wives. They are required to marry Linden, and produce his children. The latter only happens for one. When the girls arrived to the residence, Linden's chosen wife was dying from the sickness that kills all females at 20, and males at 25. Linden takes it hard. He does remarry, but losing Rose was very difficult to him. From then on Housemaster Vaughn reveals his dangerous nature, the lengths he will go to for Linden's well-being, and his desire to carry on their name. Finding a cure is all he can think about, and hurting Rhine and Gabriel in the process is insignificant to him. Later Vaughn realizes that Rhine and Gabriel are getting close, and bans Gabriel from seeing her, banishing him to the basement. Eventually, with the help of Rhine's favorite sister wife Jenna, she finds Gabriel, and they make a plan to escape the Manor. By the end they are in the city, without a clue what to do next.
“Life is much different from the days when there were lilies in my mother's garden, and all my secrets fit into a paper cup.”Rhine
“...they are startled, then delighted. Their doll has a voice.”Rhine
“Fate, I think, is a thief”Rhine
“I have always been fascinated by the ocean, to dip a limb beneath its surface and know I'm touching eternity, that it goes on forever until it begins here again.”Rhine
“..you catch more flies with honey than vinegar..”Rhine
“I think she has wanted to set fire to this place for a long time.”Rhine
“The world seems so clean if you only look up.”Rhine
“But instead of tears, when I press my face against the pillow, a horrible, primal scream comes out of me. It's unlike anything I thought myself capable of. Rage, unlike anything I've ever known.”Rhine
I’ll tell you something about true love. There’s no science to it. It’s natural as the sky.Highlighted by 50 Kindle customers
Fate, I think, is a thief.Highlighted by 45 Kindle customers
Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.Highlighted by 30 Kindle customers
I always knew I was an excellent liar; I just didn’t know I had it in me to fool myself.Highlighted by 27 Kindle customers
And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling autumn leaves.Highlighted by 25 Kindle customers
Love is natural. Even the human race can’t claim to be natural anymore. We are fake, dying things.Highlighted by 23 Kindle customers
Life is much different from the days when there were lilies in my mother’s garden, and all my secrets fit into a paper cup.Highlighted by 22 Kindle customers
It doesn’t matter how much his mother loves him; love is not enough to keep any of us alive.Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
Freedom, Gabriel. That’s what you can’t get here.Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS NOT WITH A BANG BUT A WHIMPER. T. S. ELIOT, “THE HOLLOW MEN”Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
It doesn't really have language, but it has some violence. rather inappropriate too. I would say 13 (if mature enough) or 14 +* contains controversial ideas such as underage marriage and sex, as well as a implied sexual/marrital slavery. I would recommend for 14+ But only for YA's that can handle such material with maturity
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