The puppeteer isn’t a faceless master. He’s someone I know or used to know.
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?
When I read the synopsis for this book, I wasn’t sure how interesting a futuristic world shaped by drought could be. Thankfully, it turned out to be very. The book follows a seemingly unexceptional girl named Enora who lives in a scarily realistic version of the future, where our generations actions has seriously impacted the climate.
This novel is textbook YA: quick paced and very easy to read. I consumed this story in just a few days as the writing style was so effortless to read. One of the things I most enjoyed about the book was the creative use of analogies which really helped me imagine the desired feeling/view. This helped the world building which was a nice touch considering a lot of YA books lack detailed worldbuilding.
The plot follows Enora through her recruitment to the DMC and the path this leads her down. There are some pretty shocking truths revealed about the DMC throughout which has a huge impact on the main character. Whilst the story was amazing and I’m already looking forward to reading the sequel, I did have a small issue with the plot. I felt that I’d only read half of a book, because plot wise I don’t feel like there was a pinnacle moment. Enora finds out lots of shocking things but then nothing is done with it. I assume the action will be happening in the next book but I did want a little more from this one.
I really liked the main character Enora, she starts out very normal then is forced down the path of the DMC. Seeing how she battles with her conscience and handles her impossible position really makes you think about what you would do in her shoes. Showing that survival definitely comes at a price. The side male characters were all pretty likeable especially her sweeper partner. However, I did feel like a lot of characters were forgotten as soon as they became irrelevant to the plot, I hope that their stories will be wrapped up in the next book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next instalment! I seriously need so many questions answering! I definitely recommend you go and pick this up especially if dystopian/YA novels are your jam! Happy Reading!
My Rating: 3.5/5
About the Author:
“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 Connec
ticut with her husband, three sons, and many furry and feathered friends. A SciFi geek to the core, she is fueled by dark chocolate and coffee and can be heard quoting eighties movies on a regular basis. ” Check out Kristen’s Twitter & Website