What if you knew exactly when you would die?
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.
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 she trusts, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left. [summary from Goodreads]
This book has been abuzz in the blogosphere ever since its stunning cover was revealed. I would so love to get a poster version of this cover, but remained wary, because my experience with much-hyped-about books with elaborate premises in the past has been...mixed. Even though it is a dystopian novel. However, then I read this: a Chapter One excerpt. Talk about totally capturing my attention and having me dying for more! I really, seriously, totally cannot wait, after reading that excerpt.
Wither will be published in hardcover by Simon & Schuster on March 22, 2011.