Enora Byrnes has grown up in an American that has been decimated by environmental disasters brought on by global warming and overuse of natural resources. One company is in charge of the distribution of all living and working conditions, from housing to water rationing to food distribution and education. Enora is a senior in high school and will soon be drafted into the company ranks. She gets specialized training that enables her to help take out rebels who may be trying to steal from The Drought Mitigation Corporation. Yes, Enora sees the positives in protecting the resources and pooling them for the good of the new Americans, but is that was the DMC is really doing?
Ward has written a character who is trying to determine the black and white of the world, the good and the bad. But it is constantly a more difficult task as her world is filled with top-down compartmentalized half-truths. The grey becomes watered down and consumes her. Past and current love interests only complicate things.
After the Green Whithered features a well-built dystopian world that Ward populates with young people who are just trying to find their moral compasses. There’s a good amount of strong tech writing in this one as Enora learns her role within the system. The reveals are well placed and there’s a cliff hanger ending that will get you ready for the next book. Overall, a very enjoyable and quick read.
4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to the author for a copy for review.