DeStefano, Lauren

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(1984-    ) US author who has concentrated exclusively on Near Future Dystopias for the Young Adult market. The Chemical Garden Trilogy, comprising Wither (2011), Fever (2012) and Sever (2013), is set in an American culture savagely distorted by the consequences of a Genetic Engineering experiment in longevity, which has backfired for the young, radically shortening their lifespans: twenty-five years for males, twenty for females. Adolescent girls are kidnapped out as breeders. The young protagonist is trapped in a luxury Keep but manages to remain virginal. A Mad Scientist, who has "married" the protagonist and who quotes Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), is having little success solving the lifespan dilemma. In the second volume, the girls escape but must now fend off prostitution. The series concludes with a complicated, romance-orientated settling of accounts. America itself – apparently the only country?/continent? left on the planet after a seeming global Disaster – goes unexplained. A second series, The Internment Chronicles, begins with Perfect Ruin (2013), set in a Keep in the sky, and also focuses on adolescents in love or not. [JC]

Lauren DeStefano

born New Haven, Connecticut: 13 October 1984

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The Chemical Garden Trilogy

  • Wither (New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011) [Chemical Garden: hb/]
  • Fever (New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012) [Chemical Garden: hb/]
  • Sever (New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013) [Chemical Garden: hb/]

The Internment Chronicles

  • Perfect Ruin (New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013) [Internment Chronicles: hb/]
  • Burning Kingdoms (New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015) [Internment Chronicles: hb/]
  • Broken Crowns (New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015) [Internment Chronicles: hb/]

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