So much has already been written about the loveliness that is Wither, that I almost didn't bother writing up a review! However, I at least wanted to gush a little bit, so the few of you out there that haven't picked it up yet will hopefully be convinced to run out and do so. It's that good!
I'm definitely a dystopian freak, but I love a good "quiet" book with great characters and Lauren DeStefano acheived a pretty fabulous balance in Wither. The writing is done beautifully, allowing the reader to actually connect with Rhine, despite her strange situation and doomed destiny and, for mWie at least, with each of the other characters in turn. And even with the bleak topic, you're going to want to keep reading to find out what happens next. A fairly impressive combo, I think.
On the back cover, Lisa McMann (another fabulous author) is quoted saying this "Creepy and elegant, shocking and romantic, dreadful and rewarding, delivers unexpected twists." I couldn't agree more. Creepy AND elegant all in the same book!
I was thrilled to find out it would be the first in a trilogy, not only because I loved the actual book, but the cover is awesome as well. I can't wait to see what they come up with for the next book. It's just like Anna Godberson's Luxe series...those dresses!
Simon and Schuster
Review copy provided by publisher