Title: The Water Wars
Author: Cameron Stracher
Source: Received for Review
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. (taken from goodreads.com)
I absolutely love dystopic novels. The imagination, the chaos, the action, everything about them draws me in. The Water Wars is no exception. In a time of disease and thirst, families struggle to survive. The government and the wealthy are the only ones with access to more than enough clean water. In a dry, waterless world, water is power.
It doesn't take long for the story to pick up speed. Before long, fifteen year-old Vera and her older brother Will are swept into an adventure unlike any other. Fierce water pirates and murderous environmentalists are only some of the people that Vera and Will encounter while trying to save their friend, Kai. Kai has a unique ability, one that may save lives. That is, if he can survive.
Although Vera seems a bit young for her age, she's a strong heroine. Her loyalty to her brother and Kai propels her to take action. Will is the confident older brother that every girl wishes she had. Kai, my personal favorite character, is elusive and strange. Still, Vera can't help but be attracted to him.
Throughout the novel, Stracher seems to criticize both today's government and the fictional government. It's a little creepy, seeing how our world mirrors Vera's world before The Great Panic. Simply reading the novel made me thirsty.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to any fan of dystopic literature. What the novel lacks in romance and emotion, it makes up for in constant adventure.