The Water Wars

The Water Wars

Book - 2011
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In a world where water has become a precious resource, Vera and her brother befriend a boy who seems to have unlimited access to water and who suspiciously disappears, prompting a dangerous search challenged by pirates, a paramilitary group, and corporations.
ISBN: 9781402243691
Characteristics: 240 pages :,map ;,22 cm.


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Jan 20, 2019

I read this book in 3 days, mostly because I has to start skimming it to keep from DNFing it. The characters are shallow and zip by in basically a parade of plot devices. There's no reason to care about any of them, especially with the breakneck speed. The suspension of disbelief required for 90% of the plot is so high, and the stakes so emotionally pointless, I was tempted to turn it into a drinking game. Instead, I pushed on, hoping it would get better. It doesn't- the ending is so pollyanna I *almost* threw this book. I do not recommend it.

DBRL_KrisA Sep 16, 2018

Hitting a little too close to home, this dystopian novel describes a future where fresh water has become increasingly hard to find, and what there is of it is owned by corporations who sell it for ridiculous sums. The narrator is a young teenaged girl who befriends a boy with a gift for finding hidden underground aquifers. When he is kidnapped, she and her brother decide to try to rescue him. They encounter pirates, rogue environmentalists, water scavengers, child laborers, and one strange man with a suntan and no eyebrows.

A few instances of poor copy editing, and a couple moments that seemed implausible, but overall a decent adventure story.

Aug 09, 2017

Water is essential to all life on earth. Earth is made up mostly of water. In The Water Wars, all the freshwater on earth is only owned by the rich people. Freshwater is more important than gold and oil. Vera and her brother Will meet Kai. His dad is a driller which means they have access to freshwater. One day Kai disappears and Vera and Will set out on an adventure to go looking for him. This is a very interesting story. People can't afford pure freshwater, and instead they have to drink water with chemicals. This book made me parched because I suddenly felt like drinking water. The Water Wars is a chilling story to what our lives would be like without the most precious thing on earth. We have to stop wasting our freshwater and save it before it's all gone because there's only 2% of freshwater on Earth. 5/5 stars.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeStaff1 Jun 13, 2017

This post-apocalyptic story was pretty slow, no big picture plot, and a lot of scenarios of getting caught and being rescued over and over again. While I appreciated the premise of a water shortage, the execution left a lot to be desired.

Apr 27, 2013

I don't know why these people didn't like the book, it is currently one of my favorites. IT WAS GREAT! If you haven't read it, you are missing out.

Dec 15, 2012

I hate the way people say, 'If you love the Hunger Games, read this!' It's like, if you compare everything to the Hunger Games, you're going to get bad reviews and disappointed readers. Books are their own thing completely. Plus it's not like there is going to be Peeta and Katniss and everybody in Every recommended book.
Just saying.

Mar 10, 2012

This novel offers so much potential but is ultimately a great dissapointment. The plot jumps around between deus and diabolus ex machina, with the protagonists plight being dependent solely on the intentions of the latest group to barge in from nowhere and impose its will. I must admit, the portrayal of these groups with their conflicting interests, where none is unequivocally 'bad' or 'good', is refreshing--unlike other commenters, I appreciated the author's willingness to veer from stereotypes like the scumbag pirate and the polite Canadian. Instead, we see protagonist and antagonist alike making tough and sometimes dubious decisions in difficult circumstances.

Unfortunately, the novel's merits are outweighed by its failings. It suffers from poor execution and ends with an unconvincing, feel-good victory which left me questioning if anything would really change. And so a mediocre read deserves a mediocre rating.

Sep 27, 2011

another dystopian novel which i expected more from. this novel turned out to be average, but it was nothing too exceptional. the story itself was enthralling and i found that the author could have taken a much different and better approach. still, i think the characters are very well likeable for a teen novel like this one, and there was a lot of potential behind the story. i wonder if there would be a second to this, as the way it ended off was sort of unsatisfactory.

Aug 11, 2011

This started out so promising then quickly nosedived. I don't like being preached at and, sorry, making the Canadians the bad guys? Too unbelievable. And why are the pirates the good guys - didn't they shoot at and capture the kids in the story?

barbrafl Jul 05, 2011

As an avid reader of dystopian novels, THE WATER WARS was a no-brainer for me to pick up, but because of the many books I've read from this category, I found myself disappointed in this novel for a variety of reasons. For one, Vera's relationship to this strange boy named Kai seemed off. She'd only known him for a short while yet was ready to risk her life. The characters and their drive to save Kai was strange and didn't seem to follow suit with how a regular person would act. The relationship was forced, to say the least. Another thing I didn't enjoy was the way the novel seemed to jump around, primarily at the beginning. It took a lot of time for something to happen, yet when it did, the novel didn't flow. Parts seemed clumped together and messy. On the plus side, the set up of the novel was amazing. The setting seemed tangible and terrifying and stirs readers into thinking about what they use and how much they use. Had the book been written with a stronger plot and more reliable characters, it could easily have been a book to impress ideas of conservation into the teenage generation, but it fell short of strong standards set before it and was a disappointment.

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