Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Title: Water Wars

Author: Cameron Stracher
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: January, 2011
Overall: 5/5
Source: Sourcebooks For Review.
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.
 My Review:
Welcome to a world where nearly all of the freshwater has dried up and where the very limited supply is in the control of the government and very wealthy citizens. Humans would be lucky to have a glass of the government distributed ocean filtered water each day which seems to cause more illness than satisfy one’s thirst.
Vera and Will are siblings who must endure the reality of what has happened to earth’s most valuable and natural resource. They are left to take dry showers and breathing in the chemically tainted dessert air.
One day they encounter a boy named Kai who they soon learn has supernatural abilities to find sources of freshwater. When Kai is kidnapped Vera and Will stop at nothing to bring him back. Will Vera and Will find Kai and bring him back, or will all hope of finding freshwater forever be lost…
My favorite element of Water Wars is the premise of the novel itself, describing a world we may someday face and seeing everyone turn against each other in this battle for survival. There were many characters throughout the novel and it was wonderful to see that they each played important roles. I especially liked Ulysses, the leader of the water pirates Vera and Will encounter along their journey. Vera and Will are very loyal and determined characters who struggle and face danger head on, all for a boy who they barely know because they want to fight for doing the right thing.
Cameron Stracher’s vivid description of the hot and dry landscape made me very thirsty and get up for water every few pages. I truly appreciated Cameron Stracher’s Water Wars as it captured elements that aren’t so far from reality with a pleasant Dystopian twist. Water Wars will leave readers thinking twice of our daily uses of water that we take for granted, and learn many lessons through Vera’s eyes.
I recommend Water Wars to those who enjoy fast-paced and action-packed Dystopian YA reads. Water Wars, a truly unforgettable tale.
Must Read, Highly Recommended!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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