Title: The Water Wars (Amazon, Goodreads)
Author: Cameron Stracher (Amazon, Goodreads)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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.
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.