2011 · December

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Wasting water was illegal. There were fines, and even prison sentences, for exceeding the quotas.

But this boy looked like he didn’t care about any of that.

Published January 1, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: 4 Stars!

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.

My Review:

I love the look of this cover! The water aspect really screams out “read me”!

The whole premise of the earth running out of water was fascinating. I guess that I should say not running out of water, the oceans are still there. What they have actually run out of was drinking water. The most important!

Can you imagine not having any water to bathe with or even drink? Not to mention the fact that you cannot grow any vegetation and the plant life was nonexhistent. The ground was brittle and dry with no grass to be found.

I must say that my favorite part of the book was the relationship between Will and Vera. Being brother and sister, you tend to grate on each other’s nerves, but these two had a special relationship and really were each other’s best friend. They both welcomed Kai with open arms along with their father. Kai was exciting to them and they welcomed the company.

I enjoyed the characters that Vera & Will met on their adventure to rescue Kai. Sula was one tough chick and she would have to be my favorite. She was treated badly by the very people that were threatening their lives now and she was out for revenge!

The thought of the government controling our drinking water and our food rations is frightening! I thank Mr. Stracher for bringing the possibility to our attention and cross my fingers that it never comes to this!

“We’ve got trouble,” said Sula when she reviewed the instrument panel. “You want the good news or the bad news?”

“Give us the bad first,” said Ulysses

“Even if we hadn’t burned up most of our fuel in that dogfight, it seems we’ve punched a hole in the auxiliary tank.”

“And the good news?”

“There is no good news.”


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