by Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Rating: I really liked it
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?
At first, I was pretty hesitant to read this book for various reasons. However, in the end my curiosity won out and I just had to get my hands on it. And, to be honest, I'm glad I did.
Rhine was an enjoyable character who was defiant from the start. As soon as she became a sister wife, she knew she wouldn't do it and I found this rebelliousness enjoyable. If I was in her position I'd have a very hard time conforming to that way of life. I know I'd do anything to get out of it.
Cecily, a fellow sister wife, was....annoying. Incredibly so. But, on the other hand I understood why. She's the youngest and thinks that all there is to life is becoming a sister wife. She just wants to grow up and be the best one out there. She was just an innocent girl doing what she was taught to believe.
I had a love/hate relationship with the last sister wife, Jenna. On one had she was defiant and knew it was wrong, but she also conceded to it. While it does explain why, it was still frustrating to me. I wish she would have fought more. However, she was incredibly sweet and cared for her fellow wives.
Although I had my faults with the different sister wives, I like the fact DeStefano created characters that each had different reactions to their situation. If this had happened in real life, each person would react differently to their various situations and I like the fact that the author took the liberty to create characters that show the different behaviors people would have.
All the best ♥