Friday, October 28, 2011

Book Review: Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

AUTHOR: Cameron Stracher
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
PAGES: 240
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand Alone (I think)
SOURCE: Bought
CHALLENGES: Debut Author
REVIEWED ON: Amazon and Goodreads

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.

Tuesday my friend and I were sitting at Braums (a fast food restaurant) and I was sitting there reading the end to this, and when I finished I'm like what if this were to actually happen? She looked at me and said "I don't think you'll have to worry about our generation, maybe our grandkids kids." The point I'm trying to make is that it could happen though right? We could run out of water, or at least it could all be contaminated. The ice caps could melt. Isn't that what the whole global warming thing is? (I'm not much of a political or whatever person.) I guess what I'm trying to say is that in that aspect of the story it's totally plausible. Another thing I like about this story is that (as far as I know) it's not a trilogy or anything like that. It's just the one book, and that seems to be a rare thing. I will say  this even though it's one book it seemed like it could be left open if another decides to emerge.

The ending was in my opinion a little rushed and worked out a little to perfectly. I enjoyed the adventures or misadventures that they had getting to that point though.

As for the characters well sometimes you can connect with them and others times not so much. This is one of those instances where I didn't. It's not that I didn't like them because I did. I just didn't love them. I'd say if we were to meet it would be as acquaintances on a scale of enemies to best friends. Vera definitely was not the whiny type that we usually come across. When she wanted something she did it. She didn't think to much of it. I guess that could have been a good or bad thing depending on the situation. I enjoyed the fact that she was able to go on this journey with someone, her brother Will, when do you ever see the MC take a journey with someone (family none the less). Kai, is the love interest I guess you could say. I wanted to love him honestly, but I couldn't for some reason. I guess maybe because there wasn't enough of him since he disappeared. Later though we find out why he's disappeared, and what use he is to all these people who seem to want him. The water pirates were probably my favorite characters they reminded me so much of the pirates from POTC and the pirates from the movie Stardust. They stole water not to be greedy, but for other reasons which we learn. I <3 the pirates!!!

The only other dystopian I've read about water is Dry Souls which was good. I know there's one called Drought which I have on my shelf so I'll have to read that soon to see if I liked it any better.

It is a short book, and at times entertaining so if you want a short dystopian to read then give this a shot. :)


  1. Oh wow I love this cover! Shame that you couldn't connect with the characters I usually get bored with a novel if I can't relate to them. Fantastic review!

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  2. That cover is absolutely stunning! I'm not a huge dystopian fan, but it does look like an awesome read!

  3. I agree with everyone else, the cover is really cool. And I know what you mean about the characters. There are some books that have a lot of potential, but the connection with the characters just isn't there and it kind of ruins it. Great review!

  4. Here's a good example of an awesome cover, but a story that is just okay.

    Thanks for all your comments.

  5. The cover is certainly very pretty but to be honest, I'm not sure the premise is something that could really happen. At least not gradually anyway. Where I live, we suffered through 10 years worth of drought and yet we still had plenty of water to drink. We just weren't allowed to water our gardens and the government finally started to build a desalination plant to convert sea water into drinkable water. What I guess I'm saying is, unless something cataclysmic happens, our water supply is pretty safe. I still think this one is very interesting and you know how much I love my dystopians so I'll probably pick this book up! Great review Ash. Loved your comment about the enemies to best friends scale. You should make it an official feature! As in, rate the MC in every book you review from BFF to enemy!

  6. Lan- Yeah, I know probably not, but my brain is always thinking something bad is going to happen. I think I'm catching the dystopian bug from you then. :) I'm reading Matched now probably across the universe after. I finished Raw Blue, and I did love it.

    You know I actually love that idea Lan. I might have to start that. :)

  7. I still can't believe you don't like THG. Am glad that you loved Raw Blue. It's not the typical stuff that we read but just so thought provoking. Hopefully your friend likes it too.

    It's a great idea. You should do a little animation to go with the review! I am full of great ideas. Just none for my own NaNoWriMo story ;(

  8. Lan- I didn't hate THG. You make it sound like I hated it. lol I need to read the third. I have you know even my SIL loved the books, and was trying to tell me about the third. I'm like no I haven't read that yet. It took her a week to read all 3.

    Yeah, definitely not the typical stuff which is fine I need a little more then just PN sometimes. I need to go write my review, but I fee like I say the same stuff.

    What kind of animation? Hey, I'm stuck with my story too.

  9. I'm thinking a pic of some girls doing BFF things? LOL. You know I'm not good at any computer stuff.

    I'm trying to write a heap of reviews as well so that I have free time to just write things for NaNo over the coming month and it feels like I either like a book or I really don't. Don't worry. Your reviews are fine.

  10. LOL. I'm not the best at it either.

    I seem to always be in the middle with books. There are very few that I absolutely adore or completely hate. Some are very close to loving though. anyways, that's a completely different topic. I have so many topics in my head I want to put up here, and reviews. Damn where'd my time go?


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