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After the Green Withered

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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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 commun
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published May 13th 2018
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Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
When choosing a novel to read, Dystopian novels have not always placed high on my list. It makes me unnerved to see the way some authors have pictured our future with ideas that are not rosy, sunny and filled with rainbows. So it was with a large case of "are you sure you want to read this?" that I went into the story. Happily, it has turned out to be a book that I found hard to stop reading, with fascinating details, diverse characters, and one of those books that you say "I can't put
Nick T. Borrelli
3.5 stars

AFTER THE GREEN WITHERED takes place in a dystopian United States where the land has become a barren wasteland and water is the new global currency. It is wielded as a weapon by corrupt government leaders and it is very apparent that if you aren't part of the elite ruling class, you are going to have an extremely difficult time just making it from day to day. All of what has occurred has been due to the effects of climate change that has long been ignored by past political regimes. Ente
Rosemarie Hamilton
First of all, scary as hell; A world without water? Or almost no water, I mean not even a stream or pond, something? What the hell did we do?

As we begin this book, we meet Enora our protagonist, a 17-year-old about to graduate high school. She lives in a world run dry (the horror) where water is now the global currency to get by. After the tragic events that left the old world devastated we enter a new world, a dystopian society. Enora is in the lower ranks and we see her suffering as a part of
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
Read my full review and Ultimate Blog Tour post here:

Even the promise of this book was good, but I liked it even more than I expected!

What happened in this book was astonishing, but not in the over-the-top catastrophic plot after an apocalypse kind of way - what makes it terrifying is that it's realistic.

It's so realistic that I can actually see these things happening in the future. I mean, they could. And I don't say that because I'm generally cynical ab
J.B. Richards
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questions about morality and privilege are at the forefront of Author Kristin Ward’s dystopian saga about a 17-year-old young woman caught up in a world she cannot escape—A world which forces her to help eliminate those who do not conform to the strict, grossly unfair rationing and regulations that were placed on the majority of the surviving population after the world’s water reserves are sucked dry.

Author Kristin Ward introduces her main protagonist as an individual with little to hold on to i
April Showers Bring Fungi From Yuggoth
I've read Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic speculative fiction (and nonfiction) since childhood, so I am well aware that there are a multitude of potential causes of Apocalypse, each with their own consequences and terrors. I don't wish to start a competition of "my Apocalypse is worse than your Apocalypse!" but I do think that the type illustrated here is both possible, and horrendous. Rather than a flash-bang split second death, here are months and years of fighting for the one life essential ...more
Stephen Donovan
The further I ventured into this story, the more gripping it became. It is an imaginative and often powerful read that brought together a detailed and well conceived dystopian setting, interesting characters, and thoughtful, descriptive writing.

It all begins by introducing an intriguing concept which provides the basis for a sinister plot that gradually gathers both pace and tension. I felt like it built in accordance with how the protagonist, Enora, develops from being a innocent child living w
Lee Hall
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
After the Green Withered' is a story set in an imaginative dystopian future. It's clear that Kristin Ward has worked tremendously hard to create a world and setting that may eventually become a reality. Water is the currency and key to survival; and the concept of water rationing gives this story a distinct originality. 

From the beginning the reader is introduced to a well thought out and explained world; explanations is something many writers fail with and this one was just right. And this is a
Darque  Dreamer
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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 livin ...more
Kerry Robinson
Unlike many reviewers who are part of @The_WriteReads , I am not predominantly a fantasy or YA reader although I am beginning to step into this world.

What I do know is that I loved this book!
The book is set in a dystopian future where water supplies are limited and have become the global currency. Much of the world has been destroyed by drought, war and disaster and all that is left is controlled by DMC (Drought Mitigation Corporation). Kristin Ward has created a world that although totally fic
Rachel Bridgeman
This dystopian YA read is the first in a planned series, which can be tricky to navigate, as how does an author write a self contained story,yet set the scene for the following novel?

Kristin totally pulls it off in ‘After the Green Withered’, where she not only makes a believable not too distnat future, builds worlds and characters that the reader can totally invest in, especially main character Enora.

I love dystopian books and the longer I live, the closer I feel we are to an end of world event
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author, Kristin Ward did a remarkable thing with the story. She took the environmental disaster story that is very common right now due to all the concerns about climate change and made it fresh. No small feat. Ward gives us a glimpse into a very possible environmentally destroyed world that is a bit harrowing when you think that something like this could be right around the corner.

The story is about a character named Enora. She is an 18-year-old high school student when we first start this nove
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

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.
Sevily (Hảo) Nguyen
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is the first time I've ever read a just-published book. The story about a dystopia in which money becomes currency in the future is engrossing and therefore unputdownable. It also makes me become more aware of the amount of water I use every day. Look forward to the next installment.
Kelly Van Damme
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
After The Green Withered made me think of Black Mirror, especially the season 3 finale Hated in the Nation, a.k.a. the one where the bees have gone extinct: it takes the present-day situation, and builds on that, showing us what we’re doing to the world and what might happen if we don’t change our ways. But let’s be clear: it doesn’t come across as pedantic at all. It’s just excellent world-building and it hits very close to home. The notion of the world running out of water and having to ration ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
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 ab
Kate Marie
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
After the Green Withered terrifies you with visions of a devastated world, then draws you in to the truth behind DMC, the company that controls it all. The story was a little slow moving at first and the environmental explanations were overwhelming at times, but as the book progresses I found myself getting more invested in Enora's role with the DMC. I had so many questions and faced the same frustrations as the characters that by the cliffhanger ending I was yelling! And not the bad this-book-w ...more
Joey Paul
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because of the blurb and the cover. It starts as a historical telling of what's come before and then jumps right into the action. Enora has hopes and dreams like any teenager about to embark on adulthood, but whether or not she gets to realise them is another matter. The Company control all the resources and against her wishes, Enora is ordered to join. The story is engaging, well-written and flows beautifully. I loved getting to see the sides of the world building without it ta ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook-only
Review copied over from my blog check it out for more reviews and other bookish content!

After the Green Withered by Kristin Ward, a heartbreaking tale of thirst, desperation and trust. In the spirit of full disclosure, I was gifted a free copy of this book in exchange for my participation in a blog tour by the author. This review is still 100% honest!

When a drought spread across the globe killing billions, the United States became a shadow of its former self. Enora Byrnes lives in a small town c
Alex (Briennai)
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really made me think about how much water I am using on a daily basis. Enora's generation does not even know what it is like to have enough water to live comfortably. All of the previous generations wasted water until there was barely any left, and now humanity is surviving on the last droplets. Enora does blame the previous generations for ruining her world, and she doesn't want to give birth to any children in order to keep them out of this suffering world. But she keeps looking forw ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Like many, I have read my fair share of post-apocalyptic books. And while many have kept me on the edge of my seat, After the Green Withered is the first to truly frighten me. Not because of the horror that is the world in this book, but because of how easily our world could follow down a similar path.

In reading After the Green Withered I was reminded of the poem The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot. Like the men described in the poem, the majority of the populace live in a kind of Hell. There is no wh
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
''It wasn't always thus, this tragic world
Of dust and death, but the green withered
And with it, our dreams for the future,''


I have received this book for free from The Write Reads and Kristin Ward in exchange of an honest review for this blog tour.

Okay, so this day one of the very first Ultimate Blog Tour hosted by The Write Reads featuring ONE HUNDRED bloggers over ten days about one book. I am very nervous to be part of the first ten stops, but excited nonetheless!

I want to start with
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew that this was a dystopian fiction that I wanted to cwtch under the covers with and delve into. The post apocalyptic visualisation is both creative, scary and sobering. It begins at a heart - pounding start line, where we learn that water has become a complete privilege, rather than the need that it is and therefore is being used as currency.

The storyline touches topics that we, in the developed world take completely for granted, as well as their disastrous effects; for example how over th
Karen Siddall
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
The sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history, precipitated by unchecked drilling and a variety of environmental disasters, has occurred and the planet is in the midst of a decades-long drought. The nation has closed its borders and the military was brought in to control widespread violence as water dwindled and rationing got serious. As the story opens, the U.S. has been consolidated into 18 states based on river basins, the remaining population clustered into cities in each state, couples are l ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. I thought the premise was unique (not like Hunger Games and Divergent with some sort of faction-based system) that touched on the same topics that other dystopians do but in a new way. Frankly, I thought it was more realistic than many other dystopians I've read because we are suffering with continued loss of fresh water resources (especially where I live - in California) - it certainly made it all the more engulfing and suffocating. Power, deceit, manipulation, control... I a ...more
Matthew Keeley
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've just finished reading ATGW and I read it in relatively quickly - I can be a fairly slow reader but this novel kept me engaged throughout so I found it easy to power through the story.
The whole premise is really interesting - a future world with limited fresh water - and this is established immediately so that we can dive right into that world (no pun intended). There is definitely a sense of secrecy throughout and always a reason to continue onto the next chapter. The central character's t
Avid Bards
The novel follows Enora Bynes, a young teenager and part of a generation that has inherited a barren wasteland. Money has been replaced by water as the currency, and the world Enora finds herself in is rigidly controlled by those with the power to distribute water. But she soon discovers there secrets to be unearthed and not all is as it seems.

Ward’s focus on water brought a humanitarian element into consideration which I greatly appreciated. According to the World Health Organisation an estima
Nicole Vanadia Davis
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a horrifying dystopian society. Horrifying because I could see this happening realistically. Water is currency. You have no rights, choices, ability to grow your own food, or question anything. The "governing" body is judge, jury, and executioner. The slightest step out of line and you are labeled a traitor. Enora, the main character, is average until she gets recruited. She remains mostly average except for her specializing skills. I like that she didn't become a different person or mir ...more
Janice Sisemore
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
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 cliffhan
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this dystopian novel.
I felt that it had a very interesting storyline, with interesting and complex characters. There is still so much to find out about them too I am quite excited for book 2.
I think the writing was great. Not too complex but parts of it still felt quite poetic. The pace was amazing. Very easy to read the whole book in a few days.

The book did end on somewhat of a cliff hanger but book 2 is already out so it is forgiven :-)
Seriously looking forward to the rest
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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 ...more

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