Released: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
Age Group: Age 16+
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Source: Bought (Borders)
Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive.
Breathless. Exhilarated. Completely Enthralled.
There was literally not one thing that I disliked about this story. The characters: realistic, diverse, all around gorgeous depictions of everyone. I fell for every character (besides Vaughn /choughcough) and I could not choose between Linden and Gabriel for Rhine. I had fallen for both. And if the circumstances were completely different I would have loved if Rhine truly fell for Linden. My heart is still strung for him.
Such a big fan for Dystopian, I am. The whole premise of this story was delicious. Women only life until 20 years of age and men for 25. To think about such ages actually being our limitations and early acceptance into death... It's horrifying. I would, like Rhine, have 4 years left (3 in late November) and such a conscience realization is traumatic.
The writing is vivid, descriptive, rich. I was engrossed in the pages from the very start, unable to leave. I never wanted to put the book down, honestly. I was distraught when I had to set it aside for moments at a time. Doing school work while this amazing story was tantalizing me; it just wasn't fair! But the torture was worth it because the ending was so bittersweet and the realization that the sequel release date isn't too far along brings a smile to my face.
First Lines: I wait. They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids.
Story: XXS <-- /Swoon to the max