Books Review

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

April 5, 2011
from Barnes and Noble’s website

There are no other words to describe Lauren DeStefano’s Wither except “beautiful”, “haunting”, and “heart-wrenching”. I knew the minute I saw the cover that I wanted to read it, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.


Ms. DeStefano’s writing is nothing short of beautiful. She has given Rhine a voice that is equal parts poetic, honest, and believable. The descriptions are amazingly vivid and never over the top. Ms. DeStefano’s style reminds me of Maggie Stiefvater’s in that she seems to have a unique view of the world, which makes her writing stunningly lyrical.

I really enjoyed Rhine, both as a character and a narrator. Her determination to leave the mansion is admirable and even though she finds herself falling for the extravagance and safety of her new life, she still holds onto her need for freedom and the need to return to her brother. Her relationship with him appears to be strong and loving, and it’s one I hope we get to see in the future installments.

Her relationship with her sister wives is bittersweet and I truly believed the three of them had some sort of connection, one that provided friendship and comfort. I wish Rhine had shared more of the horrors of the happenings in the mansion with her sister wives early on, but the wait plays out wonderfully and adds to the intensity of the story.

Rhine’s relationship with Gabriel was my favorite part. No surprise there, right? Gabriel’s regard for her is sweet and tender, and is seen early on in the novel. I liked that their relationship grew slowly and I can’t wait to see what is in store for them next. Though, I can only imagine more hardships are waiting.

If you couldn’t tell already, I loved reading Wither and if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, do so immediately. I’m still thinking about the story and the beautiful writing. With so many dystopian novels out there, this one stands apart and shouldn’t be ignored.

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    April 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I just finished this book and I agree, it’s pretty good. I loved the writing and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Great review, you captured the essence of this book perfectly.

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    Jamie Manning
    April 6, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I just added this to my list of must-reads…thanks for a great review!

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