Hello everyone! If you read my 2020 goals post, then you know that I’ve been filled with a new excitement for blogging and reading this year. I’m still loving every time I sit down at my computer (or attempt a post on my phone) but life has thrown me a few curveballs just to make things a bit more interesting. This past week of illness that swept through our house has me especially behind! So I’ll be taking a short blogging break in order to catch back up on work and get ahead of the game here. Therefore, you won’t see any new posts until March 12, when I’ll be sharing my review of Venators for the Ultimate Blog Tour hosted by The Write Reads.
During my “time away” I’ll be getting posts scheduled for the next month and setting up giveaways for the year! I’m also working on a new layout/design… Hmm… now that I’m thinking about all the work I’ll be doing while my posts aren’t going live, it isn’t really much of a break. 🤷♀️
I won’t be completely gone!
While I may be taking a blogging “break,” you can still find me around…
I’ll be on Twitter and Goodreads . So if you’re not already following me there, come and say hi!!
And I am currently accepting book review requests (although I haven’t been great at e-mail this past week). PLEASE read my review policy before submitting a request. If your book (or books) is in line with that policy, then please don’t hesitate to contact me. But please note, as clearly stated in my policy, I do not guarantee a positive review! I will post my honest thoughts.
You can also shoot me an e-mail to say hello, make suggestions for upcoming posts or changes to the site (I’d love to partner with some other book blogs on some things – hint hint).
I guess that’s it. Now you know I’m not disappearing forever and I’ll see you all March 12!
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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 received this book for free from the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was hooked on this book from the very beginning!
It starts with a description of the world Enora has grown up in, and the little bit she’s aware of how it got to be this way. The way everything played out was so believable it gave me chills! I could totally see this happening in real life and it terrified me.
Basically, we’ve destroyed the planet and now there’s not enough water or other basic resources for us to survive on. Years go by without a drop of rain. Water credits are now the world currency and most families are given barely enough to survive on.
Enora is 17 and is about to graduate from school. Upon graduating, she must choose a job from her limited options (none sound appealing to her) and start working – probably in the mill like her parents. At least, that’s what she expected to happen…
Instead, Enora is recruited by the DMC, the organization that “saved” the world from it’s population of destructive humans. The DMC is a global powerhouse that started out small, but now governs the entire world. Enora doesn’t want to work from them. It’s the thing she never saw as a possibility and thought of as the worst possible outcome for her future.
But no one really cares what she wants.
And no one says no to being recruited by the DMC.
So she’s thrust into a whole new world as she begins preparing for her new life. She loses touch with her only friend and starts a path to becoming someone she doesn’t recognize. But her parents are much better off and she does make some new friends, although she still feels like an outsider.
Even though things aren’t all bad, Enora continues to be plagued by a feeling that things aren’t right. However, she rationalizes all her doubts away, ignoring the warning signs until she can’t ignore them anymore.
There are a couple of different themes that run throughout the book and I feel like I could write a whole series of posts on them! But I’ll spare you from my ramblings and just break them down realsimply here.
Enora, like many others, want to resist the pull of the DMC, but can’t see a way out. The consequences of resistance are just too severe. The phrase “resistance is futile,” while never actually used in After the Green Withered, ran through my head continually during my reading.
This is the bleak reality that I need to face. Beyond the fence of every community is nothing. No water, no food, no chance of survival. The Company knows this, depends on it. I suppose that there are some who live beyond the borders. God knows not everyone was rounded up as the Company swept through, but where those people live and how they live is beyond my imagining.
Enora, After the Green Withered
There’s also a major theme of the haves vs. the have nots. I won’t expound on that since it’s a pretty simple concept.
Of course, the underlying message throughout the entire book is basically “take care of the earth now before it’s too late.”
Also, don’t allow a single entity to become so powerful that it dictates everything for every person in the entire world!!!
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this story. After reading the synopsis, I was excited about getting to read it for the Ultimate Blog Tour, but the writing style wasn’t what I expected – or what I normally enjoy.
My preferred reading experience is heavy on the dialogue. But After the Green Withered actually has little of that.
Somehow, I found myself pulled more into the story than I ever have with a book written in this way. I wanted to point this out because I think it shows what amazing skill the author has in spinning a tale!
There was only one negative thing I could find in the whole book that bothered me… It happened pretty far in and so I was already hooked and fully immersed in the world and then suddenly I was thrown back into reality like I’d rode in on lightening!
About halfway through the book, there’s a place where Enora and her partner, Springer, have parked and are walking through a parking garage type structure. They’re far away from their vehicle when suddenly I read “He parks the jeep outside a large building…” It took me a good 10 minutes to get past that point and be able to jump back into the story. This isn’t something that may have bothered anyone else as much as it did me. This is the only time that happens, so it’s not a reason to ditch the book, but if this is one of your reading pet peeves… you’ve been warned!
I loved reading After the Green Withered and I recommend it for just about anyone! It’s thought-provoking and entertaining and I just loved it!!! I will say though, it’s caused me to feel some guilt about how much water I use!
What do you think? Have you read “After the Green Withered?” Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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.