Author: Kristin Ward
Publication Date: May 13, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publisher: Independently Published
They tell me the country looked different back then.
They talk of open borders and flowing rivers.
They say the world was green.
But drought swept across the globe and the United States of the past disappeared under a burning sky.
Enora Byrnes lives in the aftermath, a barren world where water has become the global currency. In a life dominated by duty to family and community, Enora is offered a role within an entity that controls everything from water credits to borders. But it becomes clear that not all is as it seems. From the wasted confines of her small town to the bowels of a hidden city, Enora will uncover buried secrets that hide an unthinkable reality.
As truth reveals the brutal face of what she has become, she must ask herself: how far will she go to retain her humanity?
I was hesitant going into After the Green Withered because I generally find Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic to be repetitive and slightly unrealistic, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this story entirely original and intriguing!
As I’m sure many others have pointed out, this story hits home a little hard because this is something that could actually happen. This could be our planet’s future at the rate we are destroying our climate. After the Green Withered is about a massive drought that sweeps the planet and forces people to begin using water as currency when it dries up. Water is such a precious commodity that a lot of people take for granted, I hope nothing like this ever happens! Maybe this book should have been dubbed as a Horror novel because it sure sounds like a scary story to me 😂
Enora is thrown into a role that she did not want and doesn’t understand why she has to take it, but she deals with it because her parents have a better life as a result of this position and she doesn’t want to disappoint them. Enora quickly learns that this company that controls the world is not quite what it seems, their practices are something that Enora cannot stand behind because it goes against everything she believes in. This is where we run into similarities between previous Dystopian stories, a girl on the verge of rebellion. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games or Divergent then I think you will also enjoy this quick creepy read (I say creepy because THIS COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN AND IT’S FREAKING ME OUT). I think that is one reason that I actually enjoyed this more than other Dystopian novels, because this could be a real life issue for our future generations. It horrifies me to think of a world that has burned up and all the remaining water has to be rationed.
Overall, I think this was a solid Dystopian/Science Fiction read. There were a few points throughout the story that felt a little slow but the overall story line made up for it, this is also a shorter book so it read fairly quickly. Thank you to the author and TheWriteReads for sending me a free ebook copy of After the Green Withered in exchange for an honest review.
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