Release Date: 16/02/12
For 17-year-old Rhine Ellery, a daring escape from a suffocating polygamous marriage is only the beginning! Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago -- surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine's twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous -- and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can't seem to elude Rhine's father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion!by any means necessary. In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano's harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price -- now that she has more to lose than ever.
As an adult reader, I love getting the chance to delve into what the next generation are being brought up with so this series by Laruen DeStefano has been a revelation as well as a pleasing surprise as the author brings to the fore a strong independent young woman who grabs on with both hands and refuses to let go of her beliefs. It has a superb supporting cast and when backed with wonderful prose and some top notch twists, it’s a story that will stay with the reader for quite some time.
Add to this a solid overall arc and characters that continue to grow as the story weaves it magic which overall left me demanding the final book in the trilogy sooner rather than later. This really is a guilty pleasure for me and one that I’d recommend to all readers as well as writers, in order to learn a lot of valuable lessons. Great stuff.