How much do you believe?

Books are not made to be believed, but subject to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means…
-Umberto Eco

This is a quote I think many people need to read. When looking for a book to read I always go through the reviews, mainly the ones that give it the highest rating and then the ones that give it the lowest. Then again sometimes I just see a pretty cover on a shelf and buy it without a second thought. And I’m glad I do that because there are so many books that I wouldn’t have read if I listened to what others have said. Books that there was nothing wrong with but they wanted to argue how improbable it all was, or it doesn’t make sense. Now no matter what you’re writing about a book has to make sense. You can’t say ‘I woke up in America, walked out my door and was in Sweden’ and then never once explain how that came to be or how that is at all possible. Now if you say you’re door is a magical portal that every time you walk out of it you’re somewhere new then I’ll buy in to it. After all no one questioned why it was that Harry Potter could do magical things or how a wardrobe can send you to Narnia (although in later years he did go back and explain that). There are things that when reading you just have to accept and that’s part of the fun. That’s why we read such fantastical books so that we can experience some things that can’t fully be explained, that may never be possible in our every day lives and when we go about wanting to pick things apart like that I think we lose some of the wonder that can only be found in between the pages of a good book.

Wither by Lauren Destefano is one of the those books that I saw picked apart more than any other book I’ve ever read. People didn’t believed the government, or the world, or the lives they lived, or the disease that was ravaging a nation. I mean I guess if they’d said some magical spell was killing people that reached a certain age then that would be okay but genetically altered people who have become basically ticking time bombs, that is way too unbelievable. We can believe in vampires, as long as they don’t sparkle because it’s more believable that they burst into flames when the sun touches them than they get a little shiny. Personally as someone who’s so white I’ve literally glown in the dark (sadly not kidding), someone sparkling in the sunshine, not unbelievable. But I’m straying from the point. We can believe in blood sucking demons, people who can shift forms, and probably even the boogey man but a world where the Americas (and yes I mean Americas) won a 3rd world war and the rest of the world is destroyed by nukes, no that’s cray cray. History has shown us in the past and even now that there are child brides and people forced into marriage, but make a world where people are being forced to have children to carry on the human race and you’re just out of your mind. Wow how did this book ever make it to the presses. Well, even so I’m going to tell you all about it.

Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) description:

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?

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BOOK 1: Wither      5 STARS

This book takes things to the extreme but even so I found it believable… If we fought another World War, the world would probably be left in shambles, maybe America wouldn’t win but what if we did… And are we not constantly trying to live longer and make ourselves better… Who wouldn’t want to strive for perfection but if we ever did succeed who’s to say there won’t be side effects, especially for those born out of apparent perfection… I read where a nurse said she’d never heard of a disease triggered at a certain age… well these are genetically altered human beings and it’s not like they drop dead on their birthday, they begin to get sick and basically seem to grow old really fast… omg Benjamin Button, a movie I know, but where was the crazy people questioning how he could age backwards… Anyway… this book in my opinion was well written and honestly made as much sense as a world like this every could… it’s a dystopia that may or may not end up with a happy ending… and it’s a world we might want to argue with because we hope such a thing could never be possible… but honestly I see it very much in the realm of possibility and even if you don’t I think you can clearly see the warning of what  could happen in our strive for power and immortality… maybe it doesn’t all add up to you but it shows a world of people that I can understand and sympathize with… It’s much more than some silly romance or some dystopia that’s trying to break free from a twisted government… this is a world fighting for it’s life and a girl trying to live out what little life she has the way she sees fit… A different and intriguing idea and I recommend this book…

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