“Mankind is in deep trouble and has been for decades now. Aside from those called first generations, males now only live to the age of 25 and girls to the age of 20. Makes for a lost of quick living'! It also makes for very young marriages in order to perpetutate the race. Which is how we meet the heroine of Wither, Rhine. Rhine is 16 and made a critical error. She showed up for an event and was captured and sold as a "sister wife" to House Governor Linden Ashby. She will be one of three new wives since his original love is 20 and dying before their eyes. All she wants is her freedom.
Her sister wives are older (Jenna) and younger (Cecily) and of completely different personas. Jenna wants to die and sees that if, she has to go, then dying in luxury isn't so bad. She becomes Rhine's ally and confidant. Cecily is only 13 and enthusiastic about EVERYTHING. Sex, love, living in a mansion. Until she gets pregnant and then, maybe not so much. Rhine is the anchor for the other two. She helps them when they're sad, tries to work on their mututal husband to garner a bit more freedom, a trampoline for Jenna and helpo for Cecily when her pregnancy out weights her enthusiasm. Through it all, Rhine and her butler/friend/crush Gabriel plot and plan and dream of life elsewhere. Rhine just wants to go home.
Scary! Wonderful! Sad! Very thought-provoking! When I received the mailer that contained this book, I opened it as usual and before I knew it, I was into Chapter 6! That doesn't happen often. (Plus my hubby thought it a tad odd I was still standing outside reading it!). An all around good read for the YA set and for us old fogies as well. Due out March, 2011
Gamma1 wrote this review Monday, January 3, 2011.