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, Enora must decide how far she will go to retain her humanity.
2018 Best Indie Book Award Winner
2020 Connecticut Author Project Winner
~What readers are saying~
"Water is the currency and key to survival; and the concept of water rationing gives this story a distinct originality." – Author, Lee Hall
"I love this book! If you enjoyed reading Divergent, The Testing or Inside Out, then After the Green Withered is for you." – Author, Donna Elliott
"The story is engaging, well-written and flows beautifully." – Author, Joey Paul
"Extremely believable story of a possible future for humanity and our planet, told through the voice of a young woman trapped within a system that is turning her into someone she doesn't wish to become. Well written and riveting." -Goodreads Review
"After the Green Withered by Kristin Ward is an expertly penned book with a unique and interesting concept of a devastated world."-Amazon Review
"This is a horrifying dystopian society. Horrifying because I could see this happening realistically." - Amazon Review
"This is a dystopian book full of suspense and great world building. It was a page-turner for sure. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more!"-Amazon Review
"A gripping read that kept me on the edge of my seat."- Goodreads Review
After the Green Withered
Usually I think of "Young Adult" literature as a meal of congealed meat product on whitebread with a low calorie mayonnaise with a limp piece of iceberg lettuce. You get your choice of fruit flavored drink or instant coffee with nondairy creamer. For dessert you get canned fruit cocktail with rubbery little grapes and grainy chunks or pear....your serving doesn't get a maraschino cherry. Young Adult literature is like country and western music, a way dumbed down fusion of rock and folk.
There was a little of that quality here. Just a little. The writing was really good. The world build first rate. I feel the setting is utterly plausible. Really chilling. The moral conundrum and agony of the main character is really effective. Maybe partly because it is an only slightly distorted, slightly exaggerated reflection of our own modern life with its own soul sucking vacuity and spiritual bankruptcy.
Will I purchase the next in the series? I'm not sure. Do I need to layer this vision on top of the zombie apocalypse that already is America?