Wither Paperback / softback
Part of the The Chemical Garden series
A stunning debut YA novel, destined to blow the dystopian genre wide open - The Handmaid's Tale for a new generation.
This edition will contain a sneak preview of Fever, and a brand new short story by Lauren DeStefano: "The First Bride". Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery has only four years left to live when she is kidnapped by the Gatherers and forced into a polygamous marriage.
Now she has one purpose: to escape, find her twin brother, and go home - before her time runs out forever. What if you knew you exactly when you would die? In our brave new future, DNA engineering has resulted in a terrible genetic flaw.
Women die at the age of 20, men at 25. Young girls are being abducted and forced to breed in a desperate attempt to keep humanity ahead of the disease that threatens to eradicate it. 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is kidnapped and sold as a bride to Linden, a rich young man with a dying wife.
Even though he is kind to her, Rhine is desperate to escape her gilded cage - and Linden's cruel father.
With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in what little time she has left.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 386 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 02/05/2011
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007386987
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