- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Kristin Ward (17 November 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1732792313
- ISBN-13: 978-1732792319
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 354 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
Burden of Truth: Sequel to After the Green Withered Paperback – 17 Nov 2018
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"I am equally in love with and completely terrified by this sequel. The first book was frightening but the revelations of the second book made it so much scarier. The actions of the DMC were horrifying, even if tempered by later understanding. The actions of the "Good Guys" make you question which side you should actually be rooting for. Not to mention, our REAL world could look similar to this for our grandchild or their kids. And that to me is the scariest idea. Enora remained consistent, if a little repetitive earlier in the book. She also showed great growth and maturity during the sequel. The relationship between Enora and Springer evolved realistically and was a good balance against the atrocities surrounding them. A little speck of light in the horror. The pseudo mothering role Enora finds herself in is pivotal to her growth and to the enlightenment of the story. The ending is by far the best and worst part of the book. It's heartbreaking, shocking, and evocative. I can't say the ending is cathartic but it's more important that the message of it resonates. It's a complete ending but leaves you questioning the motives of everyone and the future of humanity. A fantastic follow up to an amazing debut. Highly recommend."
"Burden of Truth is the second in this series and Kristin Ward did not disappoint as she shows the reader a completely different side to the story. Very well written, well thought out and well researched, the book compels the reader to reflect, think and perhaps wake up and realize that it is not the future mentioned, but it is also the present slowly getting there. There are various points to consider, as in: - do the 'good guys' merit the word 'good' even with the eventual explanation given to their actions? What are the actual motives of everyone concerned? Is this the scenario that we as humanity deserve? No one really knows the whole truth and the whole story of anything that occurs. History, no matter how watered down has shown this. Much is hidden before our very eyes and it is always just a partial truth and a partial story. What has always saved humanity is hope. Highly recommended!"
"In a word-Amazing! This was quite the ride! Just when I thought I had the plot figured out, there was another twist! I was lucky enough to obtain an ARC (advanced reader copy) of this novel and let me just say it exceeded my expectations! The first novel was incredible and left me wanting more and this sequel truly did not disappoint. I was enthralled as I read every page and I was truly satisfied with the ending. I cannot wait to see what else Mrs. Ward has in store for us!"
"Goodness, where to start? I really enjoyed this sequel to After the Green Withered! This book was definitely a twist, and it showed a different side to the first book. To me, there was just so much emotion in the words and this story, it really got to me. The writing was also amazing. I loved it and would recommend both the first book and this sequel!"
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After the unique style of After the Green Withered, I was expecting this one to follow the same style. What I found was that although there were elements that were still there, there were also elements that felt very similar to some other dystopian YA novels.
I still want to know what happens next. But I’m almost afraid to know because it’s so close to tipping into the realm of what’s been done multiple times already. Which is one of the issues I have with the YA genre that Kristin has done SO WELL to keep clear of so far.
I know it’s really hard (if not impossible) to come up with 100% unique stories these days. But this one is getting perilously close to the point of no return for me. And I REALLY hope it doesn’t go that way because I really did love the first one.
Please Kristin, do not go the way of Hunger Games, Divergent and The 100! Your story is so different, and it doesn’t deserve to be tarnished with those generic story lines!
Note: I still enjoyed those stories, I just don’t want to read another one that follows almost the same skeleton for the story and character development as so many other YA books.
I really felt like there was hope that Enora could be true to herself and what she believes in. Maybe she could be the driving force for change in a positive way.
At the same time, was I reading the vibes between Enora and Springer properly? Were they being set up to fall for each other and be a romance within the story? I kinda hope not.
I’m really loving the focus on the survival and the truth. So, I hope it isn’t ruined by an attempt to put some romance in there just coz it feels like there probably should be some romance to balance the sorrow that otherwise overpowers the story.
By the end of the book I was wishing Kristin took a different route for the story. Almost all my fears for the story and character development were realised.
Enora and Springer end up kinda being a couple, the rebel faction is possibly just as evil as the DMC so Enora and Springer decide to make their own way. Only to end up pretty much dead (but still alive) right at the end of the book and Enora doing something quite possibly, ridiculously stupid in an attempt to save their lives.
Sound familiar to anyone?
If you’re not sure, think about Katness almost shooting the rebel leader and at the last second shooting the evil president in Hunger Games. Not to mention her weird romance with Peeta. In Divergent, don’t Beatrice and Four leave the rebels and their home in the hope of finding something better when it turns out the rebels are as bad as their ruling council?
I don’t like drawing parallels between different stories. But every step this book took towards this feel I cringed. Kristin, it feels like you have so much creativity and some great ideas that are different to anything that’s happened before. Please bring this out in full force for Ander's story!
I still enjoyed the story as a whole, there were just moments when I felt like those parallels were glaringly obvious. While at other's it was still it's own story with no other similarities that made me mourn right alongside Enora and Springer.
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The ending is a refreshing change from most current dystopian fiction. Ultimately, we realize that the struggles that Enora faces are not so dissimilar from our own. It may not be the ending that we want, but it truly compels us to weigh the burden of truth within our own actions.
Very well written, well thought out and well researched, the book compels the reader to reflect, think and perhaps wake up and realize that it is not the future mentioned, but it is also the present slowly getting there.
There are various points to consider, as in: - do the 'good guys' merit the word 'good' even with the eventual explanation given to their actions? What are the actual motives of everyone concerned? Is this the scenario that we as humanity deserve?
No one really knows the whole truth and the whole story of any thing that occurs. History, no matter how watered down has shown this. Much is hidden before our very eyes and it is always just a partial truth and a partial story.
What has always saved humanity is hope. Highly recommended!
Gifted with a copy which I voluntarily reviewed.