Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.
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.
In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price – now that she has more to lose than ever.
In the follow-up to Wither, Rhine and Gabriel find themselves on a beach. They aren’t sure how far they’ve made it from Housemaster Vaughn. After seeing a circle of lights, they decide to follow them. Their lives are changed by this. Rhine and Gabriel are forced to be the new attraction at this carnival. The only thing that keeps the two of them going is Rhine’s determination to find her brother, Rowan. They also must make sure not to be found by Vaughn.
I absolutely loved this book. It was dark and had me on an emotional roller coaster. Vaughn is the perfect bad guy. I despise him. It seems like his hold on Rhine will never by broken. I don’t think I’ve ever met a character as sinister or devoid of emotion.
Rhine and Gabriel go through so many trials that Rhine begins to wonder if leaving the mansion was a good idea. Gabriel didn’t realize how dangerous the world outside of the walls he was brought up in. Even though they’ve gone through hell during their escape he doesn’t regret it. He is happy that he left with Rhine.
I think my favorite part of the book is at the end. I’m not going to give away any spoilers with who or what the situation is, but it is intense! This series is definitely one of my top reads, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much.
5/5 stars 😀