In a future where science has resulted in men dying at the age of 25 and women at the age of 20, life rules have changed and what is legal has certainly changed. Previous generations tried to create a super-race, but instead have given early death sentences to future generations.
The Gatherers, a group of men who kidnap women to be young brides only to procreate before their deaths and help the human race survive, have captured Rhine. She now faces a future away from her brother and as a new bride in a house that feels more prison than “starter home.” Along with her are two other teenagers. These are her future sister wives. This is part dystopian and part Mormon family lifestyle. While their groom Linden seems to actually be considerate, Rhine soon realizes he is in the dark on how the girls were captured and sent to his mansion. At the patriarchal lead is Linden’s dad Vaughn, who even though he is one of the first generation doctors, there is a sinister side to him and what goes on in the basement of the mansion. Is he really working on a cure that will let people live past their 20’s?
Rhine must deal with her spoiled captivity and fights against it the full time she’s in the mansion. Her sister wives are opposites and while young Cecily is eager for the marriage, Jenna approaches this kidnapping as a place to die. Friendships among the ladies occur, but their differences are always apparent in how much they give in to the marriage and inner resistance. Rhine wants to escape and must find a way to escape, under the noses of Vaughn and Linden, but also find her way back to her brother.
There’s mystery, love, relationships, and enough questions left unanswered that the series is worth a read.
The Chemical Garder series continues with Fever and Sever