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?
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A glimpse into a very possible future.
Enora lives in a world run dry, where what little water is left is used as currency and is hard to come by. When she’s offered a role within the company who controls the water, she excels in her training and is soon ready to go out into the field. That is until she uncovers a secret she can’t ignore.
What I loved:
I love a dystopian story that feels like it could be possible. What would the world look like if our fresh water was limited and a company controlled what little of it was left? I think it could look very much like it does in After the Green Withered. Springer had a depth to him that I really loved and it left me wanting to know more about him.
What was just okay:
There was a lot of information to take in as soon as I started the story; how the world became the way it is, how people live, and about the company who controls the water. It did slow down the pace for a good portion of the book. It also finishes on a cliff-hanger which doesn’t usually worry me, but it felt as though I’d only just started getting into the actual story.
After the Green Withered is a Dystopian story that gives us a glimpse into a very possible future. That, along with the secret reveal at the end of the book, make me want to pick up the second book in the series when it’s released.
Great New Dystopian World for YA
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 thoughts are really delved into and the novel plays with the key idea of morality vs. duty - when do you say no and stand up for what you feel is right and when do you go along with orders out of fear for your own life? The last quarter of the book is especially exciting as we build towards a crucial mission for Enora. Of course things don't work out as we expect and the novel nicely leads us towards a second instalment, ending on a great cliffhanger.
I'd definitely recommend this to fans of the Divergent, Uglies or Hunger Games series.
Water is currency ..
Well..... I have finished this novel and I truly liked it and will purchase the next book.
It was interesting to read the start of this book as it reminded me of novels from the 18 and 19 century that place their story in the context of society, to some all the explanations of how humans were their own slayers, might appear slow - but I thought it prepared me for what will become Enora's path.
I look forward to reading more about Drake, Stringer, Bram, Lina and even Safa (I hope she is still alive) along with Enora.
The premise if the book is that water has become almost impossible to find and huge swathes of the country and in other countries on various continents land is inhospitable or even deadly and a tyrannical force rule the survivors but controlling water supplies.
Enora is recruited to be part of this benevolent sinister company as a spotter map creator, however in this debut instalment she is already questioning the ethics of the company..... but she must survive and also not endanger her parents - so many ethical and ambivalent choices..... survival but at what moral price.
An excellent tale to be read - slowly and not give up during the prequel - IT IS VERY IMPORTANT in the story but could happen to our planet if .....
A must read!