Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.
The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.
Wow. This book is still so fresh in my mind, it is going to be hard to put my thoughts into words. Also, I don't want to say too much if you haven't read Wither. I love the peek we get into the world outside of the mansion. It was gritty and sad, but honestly believable. Gabriel and Rhine's adventures keep the story well-paced and engrossing. My favorite part is the orphanage. I enjoyed Gabriel and Rhine's relationship. Though it wasn't over-the-top, it seemed genuine and sincere. The ending landed on a cliffhanger. I need the next book in this series like yesterday. I highly recommend this story for anyone who enjoys YA distopian novels.
“Everyone should remember being born. It doesn't seem fair that we only remember dying.”
Cover Art Commentary:
I am a big fan of the covers of this series. This cover is no exception. I love the subtle items in the background, which have meaning in the story. Rhine is looking sickly, which is appropriate given the story and the title.