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“Well, this is odd,” was my first thought after picking up Wither. It is the start of the Chemical Garden Trilogy, and it is anything but normal. This relativity quick read follows Rhine, a 16 year old living in a disturbing future where, thanks to science gone wrong, girls only live to be 20 and boys die at 25. Rhine is captured and sold to a wealthy mansion owner to be a wife. She is deeply bothered by this idea, and desperately starts looking for a way to escape. Having little luck with that, she is forced to get used to the idea that she will be spending the last 4 years of her life a prisoner in “paradise”. Things get even more hectic for Rhine when one of her sister wives has a baby… mash all that in with all her other problems and Rhine in convinced that things couldn’t get any worse.

This, well, unique story has several adult topics, so I do not recommend it for younger readers. Older readers, however, will be on the edge of their seats as Rhine worriedly tries to change her fate. The sequel, Fever, came out last month and I can’t wait to read it!

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
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