By: Lauren DeStefano
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After scientists provide everyone with a cure from all sicknesses, they don’t realize the damaging aftereffects until it’s too late: now girls only live to the age of twenty before they die, and boys to the age of twenty-five. Desperate to salvage the human race, young women are now being shipped off to have as many children as they can before their lifespan runs out.
• Murder (not shown, but gunshots are heard)
• References to deaths
• Violence (broken bones, coughing up blood, and signs of a beating)
• A man marries three different women
• Many references to sex
• Some kissing
• Profanity (godd*mn)
Wither is the first in a young adult dystopian series. The content is not particularly heavy, but the idea of a thirteen-year-old girl having sex with a man (who has two other wives) is quite disturbing.
Readers who enjoyed Wither might also like XVI by Julia Karr.