Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week my teaser comes from the much-anticipated Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I received an ARC from Simon & Schuster and have been saving it until closer to publication date. The book will be published on March 22. It is the first book in the Chemical Garden trilogy.

This is another in a growing list of young adult dystopias. Here is the description from Amazon: 
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. 

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?
My teaser is a description of Rhine's life before she is kidnapped.
Back home we covered our windows with burlap at night to give the impression of poverty and to keep out the prying eyes of new orphans looking for shelter and handouts. The house I shared with my brother has three bedrooms, but we'd spend our nights on a cot in the basement, sleeping in shifts just in case the locks didn't hold, using our father's shotgun to guard us.


  1. Great teaser! I just started this book last night and the first few chapters have me hooked!

  2. ooh, that sounds interesting!

    My teaser this week is from ‘Mad Love’ by Suzanne Selfors

  3. Great teaser! I read this one awhile back. It wasn't too bad considering I like paranormal books!

    Here's my teaser

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  4. Great teaser! I read and loved Wither, can't wait to read your review for it!

    Here's my teaser and you can find my review of Wither on my blog as well :)

  5. This is on my wish list.



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