Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Water Wars

Author: Cameron Stracher
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Released: 2011
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: Library
Series: No
Challenge: Dystopian

Vera lives in a world where water is so scarce that countries fight wars over its control. Then one day she sees Kai blatantly wasting water. When Kai disappears, Vera and her brother Will set out to find and rescue him. Along their journey they meet various groups fighting for control of the water and they find out shocking truths about the whole situation.

This book didn't have as strong an impact on me as was promised. There are just too many questions about the plot that are ignored - like how and why the decision to go after Kai is made so quickly, when Vera and Will have no plan, have no idea who took him or where he was taken, and at that point, they don't even know why Kai is important. For most of the book, I was wondering why the focus was on Kai and not his father, the driller. I found out way too late, and that still didn't explain how Vera and Will knew Kai was important. Besides, I found a lot of action and very little thought propelling the story. The complications of what each group stands for could have been explored so much more, but it's all so murky, all the way through to the end. And the end is far from satisfying. Everything seems to be resolved within a couple of pages, but I couldn't figure out how the ending is a long-term solution to the water problem.

So, just too many holes for me to fully enjoy this one.

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