blo Teens Read and Write: Book Review: THE WATER WARS by Cameron Stracher

Monday, February 28, 2011

Book Review: THE WATER WARS by Cameron Stracher

by Cameron Stracher
release: Jan 2011
genre: Teen Fiction/Dystopian
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.
I'm always worried about 'message' books having more preach than plot but while THE WATER WARS is a cautionary tale about the perils of wasting precious resources, it’s above all an adventure - an exciting swashbuckler, but without the water. 

Stracher builds a vivid dystopian landscape - stark, bleak, and run by unscrupulous interests. Vera and Will are normal kids scraping by in this desperate water-deprived world. Hardly the type to battle government corruption and corporate greed, but they rise to the occasion and turn into a gutsy duo fighting for friends and family - saving their world just happens to be a happy coincidence. But they can’t do it alone.

And, cue pirates.
Two of my favorites!
I love pirates. Although here they're more on land than sea. Ulysses is my favorite character. The tough wizened bad guy who’s really an action hero with a heart of gold. Just when you think you’ve figured him out, he surprises you.

Once Vera and Will are on the trail of the kidnapped Kai (Vera’s blossoming love interest), the flurry of adventure never dies. The plot tears along. Chaos ensues. Bullets fly, things crash, blow-up. There’s constant jeopardy. The characters get caught in one impossible situation after another. You think they’re doomed, then something crazy happens, and they survive.

Several poignant moments and gritty sequences portray the violent consequences of war and waste. While some may find the intense plot can sometimes overtake the character development, fast-paced action junkies like me will love it. For a spirited action-packed adventure jammed with pirates, terrorists, political intrigue, corporate gluttony, drama, and high-stakes danger, THE WATER WARS is a terrific pick!


Blodeuedd said...

Lol, yes pirates either on sea or land is always great ;)

Tales of Whimsy said...

I think I need a pirate book :)

Ren @ All By Myshelf said...

I got this a while ago, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I'll definitely have to make time for it sometime soon. Great review! ^_^

Unknown said...

Hi Alyssa!

I've seen this book on different sites, but I'm always leery of books with a message. This one sounds pretty darn good! I enjoyed the ending of your review "pirates, terrorists, political intrigue..." made me want to grab this one up!

Dottie :)

Natalie said...

Pirates!!!! Yay! Lol. I have this one on my shelf, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I was a little worried about this being more preach than plot as well, but I'm glad to hear it's not. Can't wait to read it now!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I have this one and need to get to it! Oh, and if any pirate is on board... well... shiver me timbers! I can't wait to read it! :)

Julia @ That Hapa Chick said...

I've got this in my TBR pile right now! After reading your review I definitely cannot wait to read this. I especially like your little addition of Jack Sparrow and Will Turner in your review. Never can have too much Orlando Bloom. XD

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

huh... Thanks Alyssa. You review definitely offers a different perspective than the ones I'm used to reading for this book, only because I have heard it is more preachy than anything. I wouldn't call myself an action junkie, but I think I could better appreciate the book if I approached it that way.

Orchid said...

Glad to hear that the book doesn't go all soap box-ish on water conservation. I admit I wasn't to terrible interested in Water Wars when I first heard about it, but now I MUST read it (I haven't read a good pirate book in a few months).
Thanks for the great review. ^_^

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