The Water Wars

The Water Wars
by: Cameron Stracher

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • 256 pages
  • Publisher:Sourcebooks Fire (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402243693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402243691
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    Summary from Amazon:

    Would you risk everything for someone you just met?

    What if he had a secret worth killing for?

    Welcome to a future where water is more precious than oil or gold…

    Hundreds of millions of people have already died, and millions more will soon fall-victims of disease, hunger, and dehydration. It is a time of drought and war. The rivers have dried up, the polar caps have melted, and drinkable water is now in the hands of the powerful few. There are fines for wasting it and prison sentences for exceeding the quotas.

    But Kai didn’t seem to care about any of this. He stood in the open road drinking water from a plastic cup, then spilled the remaining drops into the dirt. He didn’t go to school, and he traveled with armed guards. Kai claimed he knew a secret-something the government is keeping from us…

    And then he was gone. Vanished in the middle of the night. Was he kidnapped? Did he flee? Is he alive or dead? There are no clues, only questions. And no one can guess the lengths to which they will go to keep him silent. We have to find him-and the truth-before it is too late for all of us.

    My thoughts…

    The Water Warsby Cameron Stracher was a well-written, gripping novel about times we can only hope we don’t encounter.  Stracher brings to light, through a fictional platform, what the future could possibly hold if we don’t become more aware of our over use and waste of our natural resources.  It certainly was a gripping tale as Vera and her brother Will, travel across the country on a journey that they don’t even know where they are headed or who they can trust. 

    The two kids seemed somewhat sheltered from the reality outside of their small town, or compound as I thought of it.  The only real information they received was from school and from media, both of which seemed to be a little too controlled by the government.  When Kai comes into the picture, so much seems to change for Vera and Will and their whole family.  Kai’s entrance into their lives is like a dessert bloom.  He gave the kids and their dad something to look forward to for a change.  Gave them hope and somewhat of a new lease.  Before they knew it, their world was turned upside-down.

    Some of the points that were made throughout the story were a little over-the-top on getting the environmental point across, but overall, I thought the message was a good one to try to drive home (assuming the over-all message of the book was a little more enviro-awareness).  I do believe that the other message that I received from The Water Wars was that we should also be aware of the amount of control we allow ourselves to lose to governmental powers. 

    I believe that the book is a great book to introduce discussions on both, environmental and governmental issues with children and even older peer groups.  It certainly would be a great book for teachers to use in the classroom.  Certainly would recommend for parents to read with their children and open the floor for a multi-faceted discussion!

    2 comments

    1. Juju at Tales of Whimsy -

      Excellent point about using it as a discussion jumping board/starting place.

      And thanks for the warning on the environmental issues being heavy.

      FANtastic review! I really do look forward to trying this one :)

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