Book InfoKindle Edition, 247 pagesPublished January 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fireoriginal title The Water WarsASIN B004FPZ2IGedition language Englishother editions (8)Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public LibraryBook Buy LinksAmazon
BOOK SYNOPSISWelcome to a future where water is more precious than gold or oil-and worth killing for
Vera and her brother Will live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments, rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriends Kai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When Kai suddenly disappears, Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search of him-pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group, and greedy corporations. Timely and eerily familiar, acclaimed author Cameron Stracher makes a stunning YA debut that's impossible to forget.
"Let us pray that the world which Cameron Stracher has invented in The Water Wars
is testament solely to his pure, wild, and brilliant imagination, and not his ability to see the future. I was parched just reading it."-Laurie David, academy award winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth,
and author of The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming
There are so many things that could have worked better if the pieces that made up the whole story were developed better, including the main characters and their parents. It just felt to me that we are being taught a lesson that at some point we face a bleak future if we do not stop wasting our precious resources, the biggest one of course being our water supplies.
Not sure whether this was really aimed at young adults either, even though the main three characters were teenagers the message seemed to be more for older people to wake up and stop creating irreparable damage that future generations will not be able to reverse.
While this had some fairly decent moments for the most part I just kind of went with the flow of the story not expecting too much, it worked out in the end but left questions unanswered as it rushed to the finish line in a way that really felt flat after all the anxiety inducing drama earlier on.
All I can say is that if for sure our world is headed towards the type of future that is painted in this book than hope to not live to see it, if I do it will be a bleak existence for most of us!
[Kindle version borrowed from Public Library]