Book Title: After the Green Withered
Book Author: Kristin Ward
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/ Dystopian
Publishing Date: May 13th, 2018
Publisher: Self Published
Synopsis: 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?
After the Green Withered was quite an interesting read. Although it read like a typical YA dystopian novel, it was unique because it featured a main character living on both sides of the control of the government. Enora started out as one of the poor, having to deal with water rationing, food shortages, and poor living qualities, but she was soon granted the “privilege” to become a sentinel with the DMC, the corporation that took over control of the government to help “ease” the burdens of living in a barren wasteland.
She began to find out that the grass wasn’t greener on the other side. She learned terrible secrets about how the DMC really worked, and her eyes were opened to just what government control really meant. It was intriguing to see her experience this while on the same side of it versus living under their control. It was also interesting to see her fight to try to keep her humanity, and to see the war of emotions going on within, knowing that if she stopped working with the DMC, there would be consequences for all those she cared about.
Aside from this little bit of originality, I did wish the rest of the story kept my attention more. It wasn’t bad. I didn’t hate it. But, I didn’t love it either, and it just felt like something I had already read before. The writing was nice. It was easy to read, and never felt clunky or confusing, but the prologue and first couple chapters felt a bit like an info dump. Also, I just never felt like I connected or became attached to any of the characters. I really just felt like I could put it down at any time and not really have the urge to pick it back up.
I don’t regret reading it. I think the author has potential to continue the story and improve on making the reader feel more connected to the characters and what’s going on around them. I don’t feel like the author did anything bad, or wrong, with this one. It just wasn’t exciting for me like I had hoped when I had read the synopsis. It did have a nice touch of originality, and the setting was very detailed. I also enjoyed being in Enora’s head while she experienced life on the DMC side of things, I just never really got attached to her or what was going on around her, but many others have, and could, so I’d rate it 3 stars.
Thank you to the author and The Write Reads for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review and as part of the blog tour.
About the Author:
Kristin Ward has loved writing since middle school but took thirty years to do something serious about it. The result is her Best Indie Book Award-winning novel, After the Green Withered, followed by the sequel, Burden of Truth. She lives in a small town in Connecticut with her husband, three sons, and many furry and feathered friends. A SciFi geek to the core, she is fueled by dark chocolate and coffee and can be heard quoting eighties movies on a regular basis.
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