Wither (Chemical Garden) - Lauren DeStefano
This book was dark, beautiful, and very emotional. And above all that, the concept was absolutely original and stunning. Lauren DeStefano introduces the plot and the characters to us with wonderful, vivid writing. I love the flow of the prose and how it just immediately fills my mind with images.

I do have to mention, though, that I loved the book up till maybe 3/4 of it. After that, I was expecting a climax that I didn't really get. There was no heart-pounding, gut-wrenching action or emotion, just "this is what happened." It kind of let me down, after such a vivid and exquisite setup. I'll definitely read the second, though!