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.
If you’re looking for a young adult dystopia that’s one Hell of an adventurous ride, The Water Wars is the book for you. But a warning: make sure you have a glass of water when reading. I was so thirsty as I read that I’m sure I drank a gallon of water. And that’s a testament to Stracher’s writing. He described the lack of water, the continual thirst in such a way that I felt it myself. Now that’s kick-ass writing.
This book was chock-full of action and adventure and pirates and evil companies and my God! I loved that from chapter to chapter, page to page I was unsure who the bad guys were. Actually, now that I’ve finished the book, I’m still not 100% sure. 🙂
Okay, this may sound weird, but I felt that, despite the fact that the main character was a girl, The Water Wars was geared towards guys. The pacing, the amount of action and the fact that there wasn’t a huge amount of character development just made it seem like a good fit for boys. Not that girls won’t like it, either. It just seemed like more of a boy book to me. I guess what I’m saying is that, if you’re a boy, don’t dismiss this because the main character is a girl. You’ll love it. Trust me.
Thanks to Sourcebooks for the review copy. 🙂