Book One of the Chemical Garden
A harrowing debut . . . DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters. . . . It will be intriguing to see how DeStefano develops [the larger world] as this promising trilogy progresses. Publishers Weekly starred review Lauren DeStefano crafts an all too believable future. I loved the world, the romance, the writing exactly the kind of book I've been craving to read. Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH Wither is an exceptional novel that begins with a bang and doesn't let you goit's gut-wrenching, shocking, incredible, and completely and utterly absorbing all at once. DeStefano is a fearless writer, and though it is firmly its own book, Wither will remind readers of Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale. TheCompulsiveReader.com
Lauren DeStefano earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007. Wither is her first novel.