Beautiful Book Hangover will be posted sporadically on La Femme Readers. According to the Urban Dictionary, "a book hangover is a headache you get after staying up into the wee hours of the morning staring at teeny tiny print." As book addicts we've all experienced this type of hangover many times, so why not share them with each other? You are more than welcome to use this idea, just as long as you credit me.
Book Hangover Choice:
Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) by Lauren DeStefano
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Summary: 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?
Why it kept me up: The book hangover I felt at work the next day was definitely worth it. Honestly, this book so far has been my favorite debut of 2011. Its intensity and originality holds all the qualities I look for in a novel. The plot took place in the future, while the tone contributed a historical vibe. This aspect would grab any historical and non-historical reader. I really hope they make Wither into a movie, it would be simply amazing to see it on the big screen! Lauren, you are a gem in this YA world of authors. I can't wait to read the follow-up! If you missed my review, go here.
Time of sleep: 2:00 AM
Which book kept you up all night this week?