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Wither (Chemical Garden Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

37 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

Great book!

This book is the BOMB DIGGITY! For real. It totally exceeded my expectations and left me with wanting more. Not only was this book one unique read, it totally captured every part of me as I read it. I held my breathe as my eyes raced across the pages reading every emoti...
This book is the BOMB DIGGITY! For real. It totally exceeded my expectations and left me with wanting more. Not only was this book one unique read, it totally captured every part of me as I read it. I held my breathe as my eyes raced across the pages reading every emotion, every secret, every betrayal.


For Rhine everything is fake. She is forced to be a bride to a man she has never met or know. Forced to lived in a nice prison with other sisters wives. Though her time is short, she will not live this way. She longs for her freedom and just wants to be home safe. With danger lurking around every corner, Rhine learns everything and anything, plays the role she needs to play in order to get out.


This book is just WOW. It blew me away. Literally. I was so engrossed in the book, so connected with Rhine that I felt her angry, her pain, her longing for freedom. She was so strong. How she manages not to fall apart completely is beyond me. Poor thing had to just keep picking herself up and keep going. Rhine played her role so good, at times I thought that maybe she was giving in. That she would comply and just live the life she was given. But no, she always came back to remind herself of what is really at stake. Gabriel was nice touch to the book. He let Rhine true self come out and I loved learning about her through him.


I don't want to give to much away, but man this book is just unexplainable. You just have to read it in order to understand what I am trying to say. Ms. DeStefano, your book is complete and total awesomeness. It is the best book of 2011. Ms. DeStefano did what books are supposed to do. Take you away for an adventure of a lifetime. And this adventure, is one that I will never forget.

posted by BooksWithBite on March 7, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Just ok

It was an "ok" easy read. However, there is nothing about these characters that will drag me into another of these books. I will admit to being a bit disappointed after all of the glowing reviews I read prior to the purchase.

posted by 7235032 on March 27, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    I Tried to Care

    Interesting story line - thinly developed. Flat writing. Uninspiring characters. Nice cover. The end.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    Seriously??

    I'm not so sure what the author was thinking when she wrote this. The plot is nice, a post-apocalypse North America, a teen fighting for survival, family, and love.

    The new generation only lasts so long, so they either are fighting to live or pampered in a luxurious mansion. The young men who are rich enough buy brides - teenagers.

    The main character is one of those purchased slaves, along with two other girls, one only thirteen years old. Married. A little sketchy. Not for middle school kids.

    Overall, it's written nicely with enough suspense and character development, but not one I would buy. Or like. Or recommend.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

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    Why read.

    This books is well written but the story line is not that good. I usually really enjoy dystopia novels but this one is loaded with holes. One of the biggest problems I had was the novel takes place in Manhattan and Florida and then the author talks about the polar ice caps having melted and I am thinking why aren't they under water. This is just one of the many statements in the book that makes no sense at all. I was really disturbed by the subject of polygamy being covered in YA novel.

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Subpar

    Not exactly dystopian except that people are genetically terminal at 20/25 years of age and polygamy is accepted. That and you have the US being the only surviving landmass left and theres an excessive use of holograms in a poor attempt to make the setting seem futuristic. Pretty unimaginative. Beginning is ok but then it drags and too much boring reminiscing goes on. The two stars are for the few moments of well written descriptions. I have no urge to read the second installment.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    not too impressed with writing but decent plot

    The idea the book is based on is very interesting but i feel that the story just didn't take off like i had hoped. It was a very intense begining but dwindled into not much. I think I might would like the characters but they are very hard to get to know. I believe the characters are what make up half a story and there are many of them but it just didn't get personal until the end. I believe that the story has more potential but overall i was a little dissapointed. But i would not give up on it completely.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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