The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
Publication Date: January 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Keywords: dystopia, rebellion, war
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher (thank you!)
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.
I was excited to read this. I heard it was reminiscent of the Hunger Games. Exciting, right?
This was such a promising idea, I was so sad at its execution. It just wasn't... anything. There wasn't enough explanation at all of what was going on, or who was at war with whom, or why there was no water, or why people were being kept in clumps and why schools were so particular on what they taught. I wanted to know everything. And there was so much room to do that! This book was not very long at all. It could have been so good.
I was also mad at why Vera was so attracted to Kai. At first, he is the boy who knows where to get fresh water. Then, all of the sudden, they kiss. THERE WAS NO MIDDLE GROUND. Now, I know lots of YA books have girls who fall in love at first sight. BUT THIS WAS NOT THERE. There was no explanation whatsoever that Vera was even remotely attracted to Kai.
Overall, I was just confused. All the time. There were government corporations that did some stuff, and the kids fought, and some people died, and then some water was some places. But really, I am still confused on the plot and whether or not things actually happened. I don't think they did. I was just sad because this seemed like such a wonderful and interesting premise, but it just did not grab me.
On a star rating, because I know some people like that: 2.5/5. Meh.