From the Publisher
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
About the Author
Lauren Destefano won The Thornton Wilder Award for a short story entitled Orange Blood while in high school. She received a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007. She is the author of the Chemical Garden Trilogy.
About the Book
At age 16, Rhine Ellery has four years to live. Thanks to a botched effort to create a perfect race, all females live to age 20 and males live to age 21. On the cusp of her 17th birthday, Rhine attempts to flee, but what she finds is a society spiraling out of control.
Published: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1442409053
ISBN - 13: 9781442409057