Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Water Wars

Synopsis(from back of book):
      In the not-so-distant future, the most precious commodity on the planet has become water. After Canada dammed most of the rivers flowing into the states, the US collapsed in to separate warring republics hoarding water (Minnesota, Illinowa, among others). The land is plagued by pirates, violent environmentalists, and political thugs, all competing for control of the small water supplies. Sixteen-year-old Vera only knows about pirates and dams from school, but she knows that water is the most precious thing in her life. She is used to only having enough water to live but never enough to quench her thirst. So when she sees a boy poor water onto the ground in the middle of a public street, she is shocked. But he says there is more, lots more, and he knows where it is. Before he can show Vera his secret river, he is kidnapped, and Vera sets out to find him.
My review:
      A bit short of a book, it seemed a tad juvenile. This book really isn't as much for the story as it is for the message it contains. Its focus is to convey to us the importance of conserving our resources. Additionally it was a bit short, or it seemed that way at least. There simply was not enough time to bond to most of the characters.
      While in the end you grew a small fondness for a few of the characters, most of them were a bit shallow. None had anything truly meaningful to say, and most of it was slightly repetitive. The plot moved slowly at first, but picked up speed about halfway through.
      A book that could be picked up in passing, but nothing special. The only object of true depth that it has is the political message the author wants to convey.

My rating:
      3 stars
Profanity: mild
Sexuality: mild
Violence: mild
Drugs and alcohol: mild


  1. I'm disappointed that this book wasn't amazing, but thank you for the honest review! I might pick it up as a library book instead of buying it...

  2. I know, It looked like a fascinating book, but it kind of let me down. I think the largest problem is that it really isn't a teen book, bit more of a 5-8 grade book.