Book Title: "The Water Wars"
Author: Cameron Stracher
Published By: Sourcebooks
Age Recommended: 12 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5
Review: Lately dystopian novels have become extremely popular. With the fast rise of such titles as "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins there has been an influx of young adult novelists trying their hand at creating post-apocalyptic worlds where the young truly become our future. Cameron Stracher has definitely created on such world and his heroes and heroines are unforgettable.
This novel deals with a very real possibility that is at once scary and compelling. The structure of the land has changed, there is a stark dryness everywhere you look and water is not just scarce, but doled out in safely guarded increments. People are getting sick, and dying, others are disappearing and no one is safe. This is the world of Vera and her brother Will. When they meet a young man close to their age named Kai, they find his strange and it is hard for them to understand let along believe his flippancy where water is concerned. He seems completely uncaring that the liquid that gives life is hard to find. They share a fleeting friendship with him and when Kai disappears they decide they must find him. Embarking on a wild and dangerous adventure they learn a lot more than they bargained for.
I loved this book and hope it is destined to become a series. This book reminded me much of "Hunger Games" but of course with its own quality and uniqueness. Stracher is definitely a writer well on his way to greatness, this is yet another dystopian success. I highly recommend "The Water Wars" it will leave you thirsting for more!