* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.
Wither, by Lauren DeStefano ****+ This is a very engrossing read! I started it yesterday afternoon and could hardly make myself stop to do anything else. It would probably be a five-star for me, but it was a little gruesome (which isn't my personal taste), so I skimmed some of those parts. The story: In a dismal future, all diseases have been obliterated and parents can practically build their children in the lab -- but a strange virus is sweeping through these perfect children, causing the boys to die at 25 and the girls at 20. After decades of this loss, society desperately seeks a cure; in the meantime, girls are stolen from the streets and married off as young as 13 to be used as incubators for more children. At 16, although orphaned, Rhine has been able to escape the Gatherers -- until now. She finds herself in a mansion far from home, drugged and terrified. Within a day of waking, she's married to a young man, as one of three girls who will attempt to take the place of his dying First Wife (who's only 20). Rhine meets Gabriel, a boy near her own age, who's also a prisoner of the house, and with him, rather than her 'husband', she begins to learn about loving another person -- but will it be enough? Can they escape their prison? (YA dystopic, releasing later this month, publisher: Simon & Schuster)
Currently Reading: Yep, still the same ones. I keep getting distracted (Wither was an e-ARC). I'm also reading Illusions (I've added it to my currently reading pile).