- Paperback: 287 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (May 18, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1982900733
- ISBN-13: 978-1982900731
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,596,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After the Green Withered
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Enora Byrnes, now in her last year of school, has grown up in Prineville and this has always been the way things were. As she approaches graduation, she is expected to make a decision on her future – how she is going to contribute to society henceforth, as an adult. Undecided and with few choices open to her, all she knows is that she does not want to go into the DMC. Her best friend, Bram, a few years older and of the same mind had been selected by the DMC never to be seen or heard from again. The DMC was for the elite in town: their children groomed for service since birth. Enora was not one of the elite. But as graduation nears, Enora is singled out for the DMC anyway and begins her training in addition to her school work eventually ending up at a training base several hours away.
With her recruitment, Enora begins to see improvements in the lives of her parents: better housing, increased water credits, better and more food. Enora feels obligated and stuck especially when things that the DMC does don’t jive with what she and the rest of the population has always been told.
When she and her partner are sent to the town of Renascence to neutralize a dangerous rebellion their doubts about the DMC and their role in the agency mount when the rebels turn out to be mere children and the DMC is hiding some horrible secrets below ground and behind locked doors in secret facilities there.
I really enjoyed this tale of a dystopian U.S. The author did a fabulous job of creating the world that Enora lives in. Enora seems like such a typical teenager on the brink of high school graduation with the usual angst associated with fitting in, living up to her parents’ expectations, friends, and young love. Then there are some terribly tough decisions about her future and the horrible revelations that gradually unfold. And the story’s not over – there’s a Book 2! This story kept my attention and kept me reading late into the night because I couldn’t find a good spot to stop. It is action-filled and thought-provoking. I recommend this book to readers that enjoy young adult books and those that like dystopian/post-apocalyptic tales as well.
Author Kristin Ward introduces her main protagonist as an individual with little to hold on to in the material world, but much to bear on a young soul yearning for any joy or happiness to enter her bleak and bleary world. Enora’s thought process as she successfully trains and carries out mission after mission to eradicate what her superiors deem as threats to society is chillingly realistic and thought-provoking as she forcefully comes to realize that she is turning against her own people. Even as she receives pats on the back from her superiors and is living a better lifestyle, Enora is aware that she is forced to be a weapon against the poor, starving, and destitute of her world in order to protect the entitled and elite classes within the global government—the megalithic, world-dominating DMC corporation. What results is an in-your-face, spine-tingling read that shocks and awes as it presents one moral dilemma after another, resulting in an expected, but nevertheless shocking choice by Enora between the man she’s grown to care too much for and her future with DMC.
Ward’s tale is well written and is quite pertinent to our current age’s issues with government conglomerates, corporate influences on society, global warming, and future possibilities of mass extinctions. One cannot read this novel and come away without a sense that our world must take notice of the messages contained in her story.
“After the Green Withered” does contain violence, a government training teenagers as lethal military enforcers, a graphic description of a mass grave, and discussions on genetic experimentation, so I recommend it as a Teen to Adult read only. Although this book is currently classified under Amazon’s genres as a “Children’s Book”, I do not feel it is at all appropriate for young children, and so I highly recommend this novel only for ages 13 and up.