Review: The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Title:  The Water Wars (Ama­zon, Goodreads)
Author: Cameron Stra­cher (Ama­zon, Goodreads)
Series: N/​A
Pub­lisher: Source­books Fire
Genre: Young Adult, Sci­ence Fic­tion
For­mat: Paper­back
Source: Review copy from Publisher


Wel­come to a future where water is more pre­cious than oil or gold…

Hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple have already died, and mil­lions more will soon fall-​​victims of dis­ease, hunger, and dehy­dra­tion. It is a time of drought and war. The rivers have dried up, the polar caps have melted, and drink­able water is now in the hands of the pow­er­ful few. There are fines for wast­ing it and prison sen­tences for exceed­ing the quotas.

But Kai didn’t seem to care about any of this. He stood in the open road drink­ing water from a plas­tic cup, then spilled the remain­ing drops into the dirt. He didn’t go to school, and he trav­eled with armed guards. Kai claimed he knew a secret-​​something the gov­ern­ment is keep­ing from us…

And then he was gone. Van­ished in the mid­dle of the night. Was he kid­napped? Did he flee? Is he alive or dead? There are no clues, only ques­tions. And no one can guess the lengths to which they will go to keep him silent. We have to find him-​​and the truth-​​before it is too late for all of us.

My review:

The world of Water Wars is as dry as you would expect given the title, but the story itself is even drier.  This sounded like a great choice, one that could stand out in the ever-​​increasing num­ber of young adult dystopian nov­els.  Unfor­tu­nately, it didn’t hold up.  The char­ac­ters weren’t inter­est­ing, and even the bit of love spark­ing between Kai and Vera feels thrown in and lifeless.

The first half of the book is decent, but once you reached the half-​​way point, the adven­tures of Vera and Will as they search for Kai become cra­zier and cra­zier.  Even in a world with­out read­ily acces­si­ble drink­able water, these sce­nar­ios are just too much.  While I do think the point Stra­cher makes about con­serv­ing water and a pos­si­ble future for our world if we don’t con­serve, I think it comes across as too preachy in this book.

If you’re a big fan of the young-​​adult dystopian books that are every­where, give it a shot, you might like it more than I did.   The cover is truly beau­ti­ful, but not even that make this story worth­while in my book.

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