This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Wither by Lauren DeStephano (release date March 22, 2011)
Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.I've heard this book has been compared to A Handmaid's Tale, and I love sci-fi of any sort, so I'm looking forward to Wither. Only 13 more days!*
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.
*I guess I should add a week or so to that, because I doubt that I'll get Wither on the day it's released.