I MISSED THIS FEATURE. Book Spotlight is where I bring books to your attention and make your TBR pile suffer all over again. Today, the featured book is a dystopia called After The Green Withered by Kristin Ward! This is the fifth day of the biggest blog tour in history hosted by TheWriterReads and I’m so glad to be a part of it.
Read on to see exclusive content from the book and more. Turn on the spotlight now, Adam!
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?
Springer is on the landing and making his way to the ladder when my foot slips and I find myself falling. I yelp in fright but hit the ground with a crunch much sooner than I had expected.
Springer’s panicked whisper bounces off the walls. “Enora? Enora? Are you okay?”
It takes me a moment to start breathing again and answer him. “Yeah,” I whisper back. “I didn’t fall too far.”
I put my hands out to lift myself up and then jerk them back in surprise and momentary fright. I’m not sitting on a floor, or rather I am on the floor, but the floor is covered in something and it is that something that has broken my fall. I feel my heart racing and my breathing takes on a panicked panting. I fumble for the mapping device that slipped from my hand as I fell, cringing as I encounter God-knows-what in my attempt to grasp the familiar object. I am to the point of hyperventilating when my fingers find it, and with a sob of relief I switch it on and the dim illumination pushes back the darkness. As my eyes wander from the glow around the device to the surface below the feeble light, I have to bite the inside of my cheek to keep myself from releasing a horrified scream.
Oh God…oh God…oh God… I can’t move! I’m not seeing this, I tell myself. It’s just a nightmare. Wake up, Enora!
It’s a tomb. This entire room is a tomb!
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 fueled by dark chocolate and coffee and can be heard quoting eighties movies on a regular basis.
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