What if you know exactly when you would die?
Thanks to modern science, every newborn has become a ticking genetic time bomb - males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden’s genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape - to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting copses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.
I adored this book. It wasn’t perfect, but it kept me extremely interested and definitely tugged on my heartstrings. I loved the writing style a lot. It really was beautiful the way that the author was able to completely pull me into this story and make me feel the things the main character was feeling. It was just all so incredibly believable that I honestly did feel like I was living it.
I would suggest this to everybody. It gets a tiny bit predictable at times, but it’s great other than that.