I can hardly wait to find out what happens next! DeStefano has begun an incredibly detailed adventure, with characters who are multifaceted and engaging. The world she has created is frighteningly possible, and her writing is simply page-turning.
In the future, scientists discover a way to cure all diseases. The “first generation” is born, and they live until otherwise killed off. However, their children are not as lucky. All children born from the first generation and the ones after it are doomed to a tragically short life. Men only live to 25, and women to 20, before a mysterious virus kills them. In order to ensure the continuation of the human race, wealthy men kidnap girls and force them into polygamous marriages. When 16-year-old Rhine is kidnapped and forced into marriage, she is both terrified and enticed by the world of wealth and privilege before her. But she has left behind her twin and she is desperate to find her way back to him before she hits the lethal age of 20. With the help of the servant Gabriel (who she is becoming attached to), she hatches a plan. But the mansion is harder to escape than she ever imagined … (SIMON AND SCHUSTER, Mar., 368 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781442409057, HC, 14 & Up)