I didn’t know what to expect from a book with such an artful layout. Lines and circles even decorate the copyright page.
The writing is just as beautiful.
Rhine lives a dystopian world of the future. After science perfected the human being, the world began to fail. Children of the undying first generation die at age 25 if they are men and at age 20 if they are women. The first generation used their own children trying to find a cure. Girls are forced to marry as soon as they can bear a child, boys have multiple wives. People have separated into classes, those that believe a cure can be found and those who think humans must adapt to a short life cycle.
Kidnapped and forced to marry the only living son of first generation scientist, Rhine and her sister-wives must survive long enough to escape becoming an experiment themselves.
The book is touching and thoughtful. It blurs the line of innocence and betrayal. Almost the entire book takes place in the house where the girls are imprisoned. The question of right and wrong aren’t clear-cut. I admit, I was entrapped by the voice of this novel. I want to read the next one even though I found the plot lacking in some places. There is still room for the author to answer the questions left by the holes, however. All in all, I really recommend the book.