‘After The Green Withered’ Day 5: First Chapters Review

Hey there, book lovers! 

Long time, no see! I’ve been in a little hobbit hole studying for my exams, but I’ve been coming up with loads of ideas and I can’t wait to show you what I have up my sleeve!

So, for today’s post, I am taking part in the #UltimateBlogTour created by the amazing TheWriteReads! The book I’ll be talking about for this tour is “After the Green Withered” by Kristin Ward. It’s a very interesting dystopian novel about what becomes of the world after a worldwide drought causes water to be a new luxury and the new worldwide currency. This book is looking quite good so far and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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?


So far, this book is giving me a lot of 1984/Divergent/Handmaid’s Tale vibes with regards to dystopia. But what struck me the most is that this all occurs due to WATER. That to me was an ingenious idea because normally the loss of water is an effect of another event that brings about the end of the world. In this story, however, water is not only the source of destruction but what they ultimately need to survive.

The Prologue did drag on for a bit, but it was a necessary back-story to understand what happens later on and how all these things occurred, and it actually seems like a very probable and likely scenario, considering how some people (*cough* Trump *cough*) are reacting to climate change at the moment.

The first few chapters, however, got a little better and I like the main character, Enora, as well as her quirky genius friend, Safa. I loved how realistic and convincing Enora was and the fact that this monotonous, sickly and struggling society can actually happen makes it all the more striking to me, and I can’t wait to see how this story develops. The fact that it starts with these girls breaking the rules and risking their futures makes it all the more enticing to keep reading!


Based on the little that I’ve read, this book has caught my attention and I can’t wait to see how it ends! And I do recommend it!

The book is available for purchase on Amazon now!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think of the book, and if you have any more dystopian recommendations, let me know in the comments below!


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