Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano {with playlist}

This was the book I was lucky enough to receive from Melissa for the Blogger Book Swap.  I completely trusted Melissa's judgement and wasn't much surprised when she chose a dystopian YA novel for me since it's a genre we share a special affinity for.

This book was no exception.  The story is about 16 year old Rhine who lives in a future world where girls only live to be 20 and are often abducted and sold into marriage, or worse.

What a page-turner!  I loved that there are so many levels to this dystopia.  Not only is there the whole young fatality rate, but then DeStefano adds in the plight of girls being abducted.  There are so many different relationships going on, and I like that the blossoming romance is overshadowed by the more important aspects of the story.  It is a smart and brave novel.  It is the right amount of dark and morbid for a YA novel.  If I could sum it up in one phrase it would be "The Handmaid's Tale for teens". And I mean that in a good way.

My only annoyance was that so many of my questions went unanswered.

I'm entirely uncertain as to what direction the story is going, and I cannot wait to read on in this trilogy.

Find it here:
Goodreads // Amazon // B&N

The playlist...
I especially loved this story's creepy elegance.  There was so much femininity and melancholy.  I couldn't help but imagine the perfect playlist while reading.  These artists immediately came to mind...

Pretty Bird - Jenny Lewis
Keep Breathing - Ingrid Michaelson
Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap
The Suburbs - Mr. Little Jeans
All Your Gold - Bat for Lashes
Hanging High - Lykke Li
Born to Die - Lana Del Rey



  1. It looks interesting. Thank you! have a nice week!

  2. Now I want to read this! It will have to wait until the winter book challenge is over though lol. I haven't read anything in the last 5 days!

  3. I totally remember feeling the same way at the end with the whole 'ALL THE QUESTIONS UNANSWERED' thing. Apparently I like books like that? Same thing happened for Maze Runner! I'm SO happy you enjoyed it though. It's one of my current favorites just because it's SO different from other dystopians out there right now & the story is a bit of a tough sell, so I always feel awesome when someone is willing to give it a shot.

    I'm so excited to start Graceling. I'm going to wait until I'm out of finals though so I can enjoy it properly, because reading for me right now has become a huge chore. I haven't even been able to properly get through my Google Reader in two weeks (read: only my fave bloggers have blog-reading time haha)

    Anyway point being. I'm excited to read & let you know how I enjoy it! I know I'll love it though, but my goodness am I ever behind, everyone loves that series!


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