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Burden of Truth

(After the Green Withered #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Burden of Truth is the highly anticipated sequel to After the Green Withered.

I thought I understood the truth.

I thought I knew the whole story.

But no one really did.

In a country defined by scarcity and control, Enora Byrnes leaves the watchful eyes and secret agendas of the powerful and enters a society living on the fringes. Life beneath the surface brings her face to
Kindle Edition, 319 pages
Published November 17th 2018 by Independently Published
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Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So what did I think of this book? I thought the book was interesting, intriguing, suspenseful, kept my interest and the book was a page turner. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next something totally different happened and the plot changed. I loved that this book had plot twists and turns. The realism of this that it could possibly happen in our world today with worst
...I think it’s safe to say this book was just as dark as the first.

While my favorite thing about book #1, After the Green Withered, was the world-building, my favorite thing about *this* book was how Enora’s life did a complete 360. She started out living in a seemingly waterless world, having to survive off of rations and extremely poor (and thirsty) conditions. Then her life picks up after being recruited by the DMC and, for awhile, everything looks like it’s going to get better. And then...
Krista Barton
Aug 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely enthralling journey! I’m so glad I had a chance to read this awesome duet! It was my first time reading sci fi and I crave more! What have you done to me Kristin Ward?!? Anyways I’m off to read my new copy of Rise of Gaia now! I told you she started a thing!
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Book source ~ Review copy. My review is voluntary and honest.

Enora Byrnes has lived her whole life under the control of the DMC. Water is scarce and the resource must be carefully guarded. But the resistance believes the DMC has more than they are sharing. Enora and Springer were soldiers for the DMC once. Now they are with the resistance and with each day that passes, things get worse. Stories are told on both sides, but they both can’t be right. Can they?

This is a bleak look into a future we d
Nicole Vanadia Davis
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am equally in love with and completely terrified by this sequel. The first book was frightening but the revelations of the second book made it so much scarier. The actions of the DMC were horrifying, even if tempered by later understanding. The actions of the "Good Guys" make you question which side you should actually be rooting for. Not to mention, our REAL world could look similar to this for our grandchild or their kids. And that to me is the scariest idea. Enora remained consistent, if a ...more
Donna Elliott
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 is a must read. Well-planned and researched, Burden of Truth, is the sequel to an eye-opening story of a dystopian future on earth, when water and food are scarce, and a battle to create an evolved life form occurs. The book is captivating, and I stayed up late reading the final chapters. I really like the writing and character development, and my heart ached for Ander. The ending is thought-provoking and suggests a completely conceivable outcome. Given Enora’s choices, I wonder what I wo ...more
Jennie Swantz
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With The Burden of Truth, Ms. Ward has fully come into her own as a writer. The character development that was a highlight of After the Green Withered continues in this sequel, with new insights into Enora and a host of both new and returning characters. The reader is drawn into Enora's plight and the difficult moral decisions she must grapple with as she dives deeper into the resistance and uncovering the secrets within her world. The action is vivid and quick-paced, this book is definitely a p ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Burden of Truth is the second in this series and Kristin Ward did not disappoint.
Very well written, well thought out and very well researched, the book compels the reader to reflect, think and perhaps wake up and realize that it is not the future mentioned, but is also the present slowly getting there.
There are various points to consider, as in: -
Do the 'Good Guys' merit the word 'good' even with the eventual explanation given as to their actions? What are the actual motives of everyone concerne
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Karen Siddall
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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In Book 1, After the Green Withered, Enora and her partner, Springer, discovered that the Company was conducting experiments with human genetics to create a new human race – to replace the current one. Building from here, Book 2, Burden of Truth, Enora comes to realize that her childhood friend (and now, her commander), Bram, has sent her on specific missions to open her eyes and mind to what the Company has been going to the barely surviving population of what was once the United States: keepin ...more
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Picking up almost immediately after where After the Green Withered left off, Burden of Truth picks up the story of Enora Byrnes as she tries to learn more about the people behind the DMC.

Having decided to join the resistance, Enora is faced with numerous difficult decisions and must deal with the sometimes heart-breaking consequences. It is not an easy path she and Springer have decided to take.

Much like with the first book, Burden of Truth is a fast-paced and multi-faceted story. Many of th
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Probably a 3.7 stars for me.
A good ending to the duology.
I definitely think that the storyline was interesting. I enjoyed the characters although I got a bit frustrated with Enora when I realized that she didn't seem to care much about her friends' (mostly Springer's) backstory.
The writing was still quite good. There were a few more redundancies in the second book and the pace was not as enthralling as the first but it really picked up around 75% for a great ending.

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Joey Paul
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up having loved the first book. A world where water is the currency and the chances of survival outside the Company are slim. Faced with joining the rebels, with fighting for what they both believe is right, Enora starts to see a different side to both the fight and the world she lives in.; It's a heartbreaking tale that gives drops of hope before they are almost pulled away. An amazing story with a cautionary ending. I very much enjoyed it and can not recommend it enough! ...more
Wayne Scace
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Christina Sylvia
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so amazing! The characters are so real, you feel everything that is happening to them. It was very well researched and written. I keep hoping every book I read from this author becomes a movie! Loved it!!
Kristy Kamin
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first book. Big twist at the end. I haven’t read a book this fast in a long time. Loved it!
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow loved the book wish there was another one
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Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Writing Style
After the unique style of After the Green Withered, I was expecting this one to follow the same style. What I found was that although there were elements that were still there, there were also elements that felt very similar to some other dystopian YA novels.

I still want to know what happens next. But I’m almost afraid to know because it’s so close to tipping into the realm of what’s been done multiple times already. Which is one of the issues I have with the YA genre that Kristin h
J.B. Richards
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Edgy & Powerful Dystopian Thriller!
Overview: Armed with knowledge and honed into a weapon for the resistance, Enora Bynes leaves the watchful eyes of the all-powerful Company and enters a society barely surviving on the fringes. Life beneath the surface brings her face to face with a world struggling to survive, and it is that revelation that causes her to make a fateful choice—to fight alongside the rebels and become what she had been trained to hunt—A traitor.

Kristin Ward pens an edgy and p
Vanessa Maldonado
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a word-Amazing!
This was quite the ride! Just when I thought I had the plot figured out, there was another twist! I was lucky enough to obtain an ARC (advanced reader copy) of this novel and let me just say it exceeded my expectations! The first novel was incredible and left me wanting more and this sequel truly did not disappoint. I was enthralled as I read every page and I was truly satisfied with the ending. I cannot wait to see what else Mrs. Ward has in store for us!
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Kristin Ward is an award-winning author from Connecticut. She embraces her inner nerd regularly, geeking out with SciFi flicks or quoting 80s movies while expecting those around her to chime in with appropriate rejoinders. As a nature freak, she can be found wandering the woods or chilling in her yard with all manner of furry and feathered friends.

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