Release Date: January 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Review Source: From publisher for review
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Welcome 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.
‘The Water Wars’ was a book that I equal parts enjoyed and was frustrated with. It had a very heavy handed environmental message to it, which was both cool and a turn off. I’m a big fan of environmental activism, but in this book it became a bit much. The lack of water and how it came about made for a good back story and it seemed scarily plausible, but at a certain point you’re like “yes, we get it. save the earth, etc, etc”.
My favourite aspect of this book was the action. Those scenes were very well written. I loved reading about all the different fringe groups (water pirates!), and there was bombing and tons of chases. This aspect was really exciting. But the bad thing? The characters were... meh. There was nothing particularly wrong with them, but it seemed like the book was more about the message/plot than about the actual characters and their journey. Therefore any character could have been substituted in without the book really changing at all.
I feel like ‘The Water Wars’ is worth a read, especially if you’re into environmental causes. I did enjoy reading it, but because of the lack of a connection to the characters it's ultimately forgettable.
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