2018 Best Indie Book Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction and a terrifying vision of a possible future.
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?
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
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About the Author
Kristin Ward lives is a small town in Connecticut with her husband, three sons, and numerous furry and feathered friends. As a nature enthusiast, she infuses her stories with environmental themes and encourages her readers to learn about the world in which they live and strive to do their part to leave it a better place for future generations.
After the Green Withered is her debut novel.
Questions and answers to get to know the author:
What inspired you to write this story?
I was inspired to write this book while writing a graduate course in environmental education. As I read numerous topics regarding the history of the earth to the present, I couldn’t help but be struck by the incredible responsibility that humans have to the future of our planet.
How long have you been writing?
My writing aspirations began in 7th grade when my English teacher likened my writing to Saki, the author of The Interlopers. From that point on, I have written numerous poems, not all good, and have begun many stories that I hope to continue to develop and eventually publish.
Did you create your own cover? Is there a special meaning in the images?
Yes, I created the cover with the help of Canva. The cover consists of an image of the world that Enora lives in. It is a desolate landscape of dry earth and withered trees and her image overlays this background. The symbol is of my own design and represents the entity that has usurped control. Each element of the design has a specific meaning.
You can read more about her daily life and humorous anecdotes on living in a house full of boys by visiting her website: writingandmythreesons.com or connecting on Twitter @writingwithboys
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After the Green Withered This is a genre I don’t normally read. I joined the first #ultimateblogtour with Dave @the_WriteReads. So, I gave this genre a try. The book starts out sorta normal. With Enora getting ready to graduate from high school. She has a best friend named Safa who she interacts with until she gets recruited. She will train to be a Sentinel and interact with drones. She will witness a lot of things that will surprise her. This is a first of a series and it does a little cliffhanger. I am not sure if I will read the next book or not. It was easy reading even if was strange to me. It did have some bad language in it. Only a small part of the book and I found out after reading most of the book. I did receive a complimentary copy of the book for my review. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
Book source ~ Book Tour. My review is voluntary and honest. The world is barren and water is power for the Corporation that rules it in this YA Dystopian about Enora Byrnes and the choices made for her that she has to live with or die because of. Trust me when I say her tale will hurt you so good. This book is scary because we could easily end up like Enora and everyone else in this story. It’s depressing as hell, but in a good way. Does that even make sense? I mean, it’s a great dystopian tale about what could happen if our climate changes so horribly that water becomes scarce and everything green just dies. It makes me appreciate that we aren’t that bad. Yet. We still have time to turn our planet around. In Enora’s world it’s so much worse than she could ever imagine, or that I could imagine. And I can imagine a lot. Oh, man, I do not envy her discovery. When faced with an impossible choice what would you do? Toe the line with head down or resist and probably end up dying a painful death? It’s not a simple choice by any means and Enora’s internal conflict shows throughout the entire book. Should she? Shouldn’t she? What can she do? She’s just one person. Or is she? The world building is decent even if it slows the narrative a bit in the beginning. The characters are pretty well-defined and the conflict, both external and internal, is nail-biting. I took off for the slow beginning and because Enora had a tendency to irritate me a bit at times. Even with the detractions I had a hard time putting the book down. This is one YA Dystopian you should not miss.
Very thought provoking and the world building was impeccable. A gripping read that kept me on the edge of my seat.