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volume 1, The Chemical Garden Trilogy

No. of pages 386

Great for age 12-18 years

A stunning debut YA novel, destined to blow the dystopian genre wide open - The Handmaid's Tale for a new generation. This edition will contain a sneak preview of Fever, and a brand new short story by Lauren DeStefano: "The First Bride".

Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery has only four years left to live when she is kidnapped by the Gatherers and forced into a polygamous marriage. Now she has one purpose: to escape, find her twin brother, and go home - before her time runs out forever.

What if you knew you exactly when you would die?

In our brave new future, DNA engineering has resulted in a terrible genetic flaw. Women die at the age of 20, men at 25. Young girls are being abducted and forced to breed in a desperate attempt to keep humanity ahead of the disease that threatens to eradicate it.

16-year-old Rhine Ellery is kidnapped and sold as a bride to Linden, a rich young man with a dying wife. Even though he is kind to her, Rhine is desperate to escape her gilded cage - and Linden's cruel father. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in what little time she has left.


This book features in the following series: The Chemical Garden, The Chemical Garden Trilogy .

This book has been graded for interest at 13+ years.

There are 386 pages in this book. This book was published 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers .

Lauren Destefano earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007.

This book is in the following series:

The Chemical Garden Trilogy

The Chemical Garden

This book has been nominated for the following award:

Rhode Island Book Awards
This book was recognised in the Teen category by the Rhode Island Book Awards.

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