Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Water Wars by Cameron Stratcher

Rating: B+

Amazon Summary:

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:

The first chapter of THE WATER WARS by Cameron Stratcher was bad...horribly bad and hard to pound through! I thought about returning the book to the library for lack of interest. Vera sounded like the normal-girl-dropped-into-an-interesting-world plot, and i thought she'd just fall for the boy and desperately run after him without thought.

Some of my assumptions were true, but by the fifth chapter of THE WATER WARS, i was suprised at how much i was into it! There were two things i absolutely LOVED about this book, they stuck out and helped me enjoy this book!

One - the governmental building of the story. the authro graduated from Harvard Law School, so i should've expected his subtle, beautiful layering of the politics that paints a vivid structure! Cameron went above and beyond to incorporate the Water Pirates, the PELA, and many other tyrant organizations that i was transfixed by! The political structure of the WATER WARS is not boring, but explained in small snippets so as to come together in a cohesive plot!

Two - the non-stop thrill. There was not ONE chapter after the fifth one where you can just sit back and breathe with Vera and Will. They are both fabulous protagonists who changed subtly, not so largely that it was obviously forced! I expected a bigger climax, a big decision that Vera had to make! I thought she'd be forced to kill a man, but she never had to point a pistol. Just when i thought the ending had come, a happy one, i was wrong!

Overall, this book is no Hunger Games, and i think the blurb on the front cover is misleading because the action is not as well described and the protagonist is much more immature than Katniss! But overall, this is a book that i wil cherish for a long time!



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