When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free in the limited time she has left. More info about this book can be found here.
If you didn’t really understand my cure-for-cancer-turns-people-into-zombies analogy, let me clarify; basically, science created a “perfect” generation of children who have crazy high immune systems and they never see a sick day in their life, aging gracefully. Same goes for their children… at least, until the males reach the age of 25 and females, 20. Then they die. Right on their birthday. You see the analogy now?
This is an absolutely amazing book to introduce a trilogy. The world Lauren DeStefano created is as vividly painted as if it was an alternate reality. Wither develops the plot and characters very well, establishing the atmosphere, setting, and the character’s personalities very thoroughly. I have a feeling it ties in very well with the second book, which I honestly really, really, really, REALLY want to read, seeing how the first one stopped with so many loose ends. Write it soon!!! =D
OUT OF 5 STARS!!!
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