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 much as this is a sort of fantasy novel, I found this weirdly realistic, in a similar way to Black Mirror. There is a really sinister underlay here which really gave me the shivers and made me think that if we’re not careful, this could be our future.
For a debut novel, this is very impressive. Although it starts off a little slow and did take me a while to get into, this really picked up pace and lead me down a horrible dystopian path that was but exciting and terrifying. It is full of suspense and I thought about it a lot even when I wasn’t reading it.
I loved that there was a strong female lead (there does seem to be a loack of those in fantasy – at least the ones I’ve read) and the ideas were refreshing and new.
This is the first part of a series, and I’m excited to see where this will head next.
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 fuelled by dark chocolate and coffee and can be heard quoting eighties movies on a regular