Release Date: January 1, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
“Let us pray that the world which Cameron Stracher has invented in The Water Wars is testament solely to his pure, wild, and brilliant imagination, and not his ability to see the future. I was parched just reading it.”-Laurie David, academy award winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth, and author of The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming
I love the concept of The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher! I love the cover of this book! I’m a huge fan of young adult dystopia, but in reality these things did not add up to me loving the book. The execution of the story left me a little..unsatisfied. It read too much like a fun adventure story than a serious dystopian story…if that makes sense.
On top of that the main character, Vera, was flat. She came across as a cry baby and immature. It seemed to me that someone that grew up in this world of warfare and hard times would be a little better prepared for the things thrown at her. Vera’s interest in Kai also seemed a little unfounded to me. All the characters were honestly a little over dramatic, which is a trait I find very annoying.
Overall, I really wanted to love The Water Wars. It has a great premise, but I just couldn’t love it….