A review of Lauren DeStefano’s really great character-driven dystopian novel Wither can be found at my blog here.
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I loved the Characters in this novel I just wish we were given more of a back story on how the world they live in became that way, but you are right that information may come in book 2 and 3. I also don’t understand why females are murdered so quickly, is it because they are going to die so young anyways it doesn’t matter? I just never got the reason why females were treated the way they were in this new world.
I agree with you: this is a character-driven novel, almost to the point where it’s a character study more than anything else. As frustrating as it is not knowing much about the rest of the world, I do believe this was mostly intentional on DeStefano’s part, and I do think we’ll get more information about the world in the follow-up novels.
As for your question about the girls in the van who weren’t chosen (I’m assuming that’s what you’re referring to), well, I think that their murders was more about developing the character of Linden’s father (whose name is escaping me right now) than it was about anything else. It was shock-value, a commentary on the kind of man he is. I could be wrong, though.
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