Before we get into this review I would like to pass on my thanks to TheWriteReads & the author Kristin Ward for giving me the opportunity to be apart of a book tour and to read this book!
Author: Kristin Ward
“We’re never free, Enora,” His voice whispers.
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?
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This book was really well thought out and the prologue was excellently written and obviously well researched. I have always been so aware of our planets ability to sustain us, and noticed as I grew older, how we abuse it and to read such a well thought out theory of how the planet ran out of water was terrifying and yet so inspiring and took me back to the days where I dreamed about joining Greenpeace.
We follow Enora, a teenager who has only ever known water to be a currency and not readily available. We follow her getting a position with the DMC (Drought Migration Corporation) and her struggles with learning what its like for other towns, cities and even within the DMC itself. Enora has very little self-confidence but grows throughout to believe in herself and her morals.
With a slow paced beginning, yet fabulous world building, I honestly couldn’t see where this book was going, but trust me, stick with it! By chapter 12 something starts to stir and things are not as they seem.
One of the most prominent themes, I found, in this book was privilege vs poverty, Enora’s family live in a small town and her parents work in a mill, they go to bed hungry and thirsty and have barely enough water credits to shower or clean their clothes. Whilst Enora is working for the DMC, she sees an estate with a water fountain! In a world where water is scarce and times are desperate! Her feelings towards it truly show the disgust for the privileged who live in this place. I saw so many parallels between this story and the here and now in our own world and how many counties currently have this kind of split. How the 1% hide behind golden gates and the poverty stricken have only crime and drugs to comfort them. I truly enjoyed this portrayal within the story.
Just be warned the last 20-15% of this book is so fast paced and has so much going on you just cant help but want more, then the END! What?!?!? No!? I needed more?!? But?!?
A “Strange The Dreamer” ending if ever there was one.
Thank you very much to TheWriteReads, for making this book tour happen and thank you to Kristin Ward for giving me/us the book to review! If you yourself would like to read After The Green Withered you can find it here.
Thanks lovelies, till next time, happy reading!