I’m so excited to share this review with you guys and be part of this blog tour which was created by The Write Reads over on Twitter. The Write Reads is a community of book bloggers who share each others posts, boost each other up and are an all round lovely bunch of people! I was so enthusiastic about being part of this tour and I hope it encourages you to give this book a read.
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?
As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I was so intrigued. I tend to love dystopian or post apocalyptic fiction and this one seemed to tick all the right boxes. Now usually when it comes to this genre, it’s either zombies, aliens or some other kind of problem which leads to humanity fighting for survival. However, this book presented a different issue altogether, I liked the originality of a water drought being the catalyst behind the drastic change in the world. There’s a saying: Water is life. Water is such an integral part of our everyday lives and at times we can all take it for granted, but imagine a world with a limited water supply, where it has become a limited commodity? That’s what this novel forces you to ponder and it’s contained in a well written, well researched package.
The main character, Enora, like many protagonists starts off in the hum drum of her reality, yearning for moments of happiness, a respite from the constant pressures of life. I found her perspective to be quite interesting, as someone born into this new world, without any idea of what it was like before, when there were trees and everything was green. This part of the novel is quite realistic as we’re facing the extinction of certain species of animal, deforestation and other environmental issues.
Through Enora, we learn about the DMC or Drought Mitigation Corporation, a company who are responsible for rationing the water and giving water credits to the population. The corp effectively act as the ruling body, and everyone has a different opinion on them. Some, like Enoras parents are scathing, others are just resigned to the way things are. Enora is unsure about her future and there are parts of the DMC she hates with a passion. There’s a section of the novel in which she sits with her friend Bram and they talk about their hatred of the DMC Sentinels – this was SO reminiscent of Katniss and Gale expressing their wishes for escape in The Hunger Games. This bit felt almost too similar but it didn’t really bother me too much. When Enora is offered a position with the corporation, she is understandably disconcerted but as time goes by she must act the part of a dutiful worker in order to stay safe, all the while finding out more dark secrets about the corp and the world she has come to know…
While I definitely appreciated the original storyline and immersive description, the novel did tend to drag and I feel like it could benefit from being more concise and tightened up. Another aspect of the novel which I didn’t particularly connect with were the characters, while Enora was a decent protagonist, I just didn’t feel connected to her, which is something I look for in the books I read. I found myself not really caring what happened, which is a shame since I enjoyed the introduction and first quarter of the book. The ending is designed for a sequel in mind, which is already out, so perhaps I’ll check it out when I can. I found with The Hunger Games, my favourite of the series was the second instalment so perhaps it will be the same here.
Overall, would recommend this novel to those who enjoy dystopian or post apocalyptic stories with a unique take on the genre. If you’re a bit tired of Zombies, mysterious viruses and natural disasters, then definitely take a read of After The Green Withered.
★★★ – 3 Star Rating
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