The Water Wars Paperback – 1 Oct 2011
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"THE WATER WARS is a gripping environmental thriller with a too-real message. Cameron Stracher tells a story with quick pacing, compelling characters and a vision of a frightening future." - Howard Gordon, Executive Producer, '24, ' and author of Gideon's War (forthcoming 2011).
"Let us pray that the world which Cameron Stracher has invented in THE WATER WARS is testament solely to his pure, wild, and brilliant imagination, and not his ability to see the future. I was parched just reading it." -- Laurie David, academy award winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth, and author of The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming
This fast-paced dystopian story paints a compelling picture of a world devoid of an adequate drinking supply, caught between warring governments and special-interest corporations. The characters are colorful and interesting, and in some respects, the scenario is frighteningly plausible... It is a recommended read that will make readers consider their own wastefulness of this precious resource.--Julie Watkins"VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)" (02/01/2011)
In the tradition of THE HUNGER GAMES, Cameron Stracher's WATER WARS is both a trenchant cautionary tale of a world drained of its most precious resource and a rousing adventure-story of the plucky young heroes who set out to save it. Perfect for young readers-but with more than enough substance for mom and dad as well.
--Justin Cronin, author of THE PASSAGE
"Brilliant and terrifying, Stracher's water-desperate world will make readers re-think letting the water run before a shower or while brushing their teeth. As Will and Vera criss-cross this world, it becomes evident that Stracher has truly considered all of the different outcomes that a water shortage would have on a society. Stracher has created a large cast of characters with enormous skill that has each person standing out from the rest."--Kate Girard"RT" (01/05/2011)
Once you start reading The "Water Wars," a simple glass of water becomes something special. The author has done a wonderful job of creating a bleak world, and he describes the dry, parched environment so well that I became thirsty just reading his words... The "Water Wars" is filled with nonstop action and it moves along at a breathless pace... The "Water Wars" is the kind of book I keep thinking about long after I've finished reading because it's based on a realistic scenario. And even though it deals with environmental issues and greed, it never felt preachy. It would be a great book for parents and teens to read together and discuss.--Kristen Alvarez"DaemonsBooks.com" (02/11/2011)
"I know a river," says Kai. His words seem impossible yet tantalizing to Vera and her brother, Will, whose
mother is slowly dying for lack of clean water. Shaped by severe drought, their civilization is caught in a
power struggle among governments, and between governments and outsiders such as pirates and
environmentalists. When Kai is kidnapped, Will and Vera begin a David-and-Goliath rescue mission that
pits them and the allies they find against formidable, well-armed enemies. Set in a dismal future society,
this dystopian novel sets up a good premise... Once the plot gets in gear, the driving force is action... Readers
who enjoy the adventure may also find some social and ecological food for thought along the way.--Carolyn Phelan"Booklist" (03/01/2011)
The action here will take your breath away, with chase scenes and double-crosses... Author Cameron Stracher's dark novel is a page-turner and I was up way past my bedtime reading it. It's easy to visualize the Armageddon-like landscape that Stracher describes, and it's all-too-easy to imagine the futuristic scenario that makes water so precious.
Go without food for three weeks and you'll lose a lot of weight. Go without water for three days and you'll die... Don't consider going without "The "Water Wars"" at all.
--Terri Schichenmeyer"Detroit Lakes Tribune" (02/11/2011)
The thematic impact of The "Water Wars" was just as intense and disturbing, if not more so, than the Hunger Games novels. Readers of all ages should read this stark novel about greed and ignorance and apathy a wonderful book to initiate discussions (in classrooms, between parents and their children, book clubs, etc.) about environmental stewardship and how the actions of one person can change the world for the better...--Paul Allen"Explorations: The Barnes & Noble SciFi & Fantasy Blog" (01/11/2011)
Heart Racing: If finishing The Hunger Games left a gaping hole in your life, Cameron Stracher's "Water Wars" aims to fill it. Set in a dystopian future where a lack of water trumps all else, this adventure tale will keep you turning pages far into the night.--Angela Matano"Campus Circle Newspaper" (02/11/2011)
Teen readers looking for something as exciting as the Hunger Games will love "Water Wars". Fast paced reading will entice reluctant readers to keep going to the end. "Water Wars" is an excellent addition to any YA collection, as well as a wonderful tie?in to the young reader's editions of An Inconvenient Truth and other nonfiction titles concerning the future of our planet.
--the CATS Meow, Library Newsletter for Children's and Teen Services--Elizabeth Duffy"CATS Meow (Baker and Taylor Newsletter)" (01/01/2011)
About the Author
Cameron Stracher is a writer and media lawyer. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He lives in Westport, CT, with his wife, two children, and two dogs, not necessarily in that order. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Top customer reviews
The idea though, is where the book excels. Dystopian is a genre in the YA market that is extremely popular now and I think had this one been done better, it would have been a huge hit. The Water Wars is set in a time where fresh, real water is a rare commodity and it has people at war. The world is a changed place and with the rivers and lakes drying up as well as a massive drought, water is so hard to come by that people will kill for it, literally. As well as this, people are getting sick due to the lack of real water and all of the other things that come with that problem. The thing about this book is that the possibility for this is happen is so real and so possible and that is what I found so good about it.
Where do I start with the main character?! Vera was supposed to be a strong, confident and exciting girl but she fell so, so short. What started off well, with the promise of her character growing an awful lot, went downhill extremely quickly. I did like Vera to begin with but it didn't take long for me to want to slap her. It isn't that she is stupid or anything and she is quite brave but she does make some silly mistakes and runs into danger at every possible chance she gets. Also, there wasn't that likeability factor with her that I was wanting to get. The times where she is supposed to show her courage are the times where she appears weaker than anyone else in the book and I think that she could have been written a hell of a lot better.
As dull as the main characters are, some secondary characters make up for that. The water pirates were characters who were really fascinating and funny at the same time. As a whole, they had all of the fight, charisma and attack that Vera was supposed to have but didn't. These characters, along with a couple of others, make the book go from passable to being OK for me. Without characters like these, I think I would have given up on this book quite early on and although I said the pacing was off earlier on, here is a spot where it did work. Without the fast pacing, these characters may not have appeared until much later on.
The Water Wars was definitely not a book for me due to its uneven pacing and weak characters but the initial idea is what made me read it the whole way through.
This book has an amazing concept and I can see so many ways it could have gone - seriously; it could have been fantastic. I am sorry to say this though, could have been, at least for me.
The worldbuilding was good, the plot was moving along well and it was so interesting - and then... Kai disappeared. It wasn't as if he was the only main character and the only one that mattered; but he did make up a central part of the plot.
As soon as he left, the others ran after him- and this struck me as way immature. And it ruined the book for me. Up until that point it reminded me of MATCHED (different content, same pace) but then it changed completely and the action just felt wrong.
So I'll have to give it 2/5, but that is only my view - I think if you were looking for a slightly more action packed book out of this, you might have adored it!
The main storyline is a really interesting idea - the premise is that water has become so scare it is a rare an valuable commodity - and it would appeal to people who were interested in environmental issues.
The story itself rocketed along and I found that I finished it quickly and was quite engaged with it as the plot unfolded.
I found the characters to be a little shallow, by which I mean I didn't really warm to any of the characters at all and I would have liked them to have been developed a bit more so that I could have warmed to them. I also found that because of this I didn;t really get why they were doing the things they were (especially Vera and Will for someone they didn't even really know). While they were older teenagers I found that I saw them in my head as much younger in how they were portrayed.
I also found the storyline itself to be both a bit too epic while being a bit too rushed in places. Suddenly characters were in situations and I found myself having to flick backwards to reread passages to find out how they had got there.
All in all not a bad book but not an amazing one either. I think it would be a fab introduction for younger readers to dystopian fiction.
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The reason this receives three stars is because the idea is a fantastic one. The progression of the story is fascinating and I really wanted to know the outcome. The whole dystopia was interesting and well fleshed out with details that I wouldn't personally have thought of which always is a great thing to read for me. While the idea and the world were built out of wonderful, what I struggled with was the execution of the point of view and the writing style.
First, the execution of the point of view was strange and stiff to me. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that it's a grown man writing the point of view of a young girl. I'm guessing from the unemotional, flat voice of the narrator that Mr. Stracher doesn't have daughters or nieces or much interaction with young girls. I think he needed to have done a little more research because the way the story is told from her point of view it sounded like the recounting of a story that happened 5 years ago. There was no immediacy or emotional connection to what was happening.
And second, other than the dispassionate narrator, the writing style had something to it that I can't put my finger on but that made it really hard to enjoy reading. I love being immersed in the world of the book I'm reading and feel like I'm living it. And I would get there with this book but then something about how it was written would jar me right out of it. I couldn't even tell you what it was or why but after being ejected from the world several times I realized that it was becoming more a chore to read this book than something enjoyable. So I put it down and decided not to read anymore.
Let me just say this in conclusion, that I don't have a problem with the fans of this book or the author. I wish that I could have liked this a lot more than I did but I honestly couldn't. I tried for a few months and had to give up. I know that there are many who will enjoy this and I'm glad! And because I think that people should enjoy and read this, I will not be publishing this review anywhere other than here. I hope that Mr. Stracher will polish his research and writing skills and blow me away with a second YA book. He was almost there with this one!
Let's start with the back-story. There is none. Although we know some sort of war has rendered much of the republic of Illinowa waterless, it's really not clear why the war started. Certainly, Stracher hopes to impart some sort of warning here, but the reason th wars started doesn't become apparent until page 219 (paperback version): "The republics' water started in Canada, and the Canadians' water started in the Arctic, and the Artic's water started as rain from the clouds. But the Canadians had dammed the rivers, Europeans had drained the polar cap, and the Chinese had sucked the clouds from the sky." By this point, the reader doesn't care.
We don't care about the characters, either. They come and go, with no real development. We don't see a need for Vera and Will to help Kai, and Ulysses goes from enemy to friend in a matter of pages. Why does he want Vera and Will anyway? And then why does he want to help them? Oh, we eventually get it, but, again, the plot is so thin, it doesn't even matter. Other characters seem like they will offer some conflict or further the plot. But we are let down.
Additionally, the language seems forced at times. The Lexile (reading level) for The Water Wars is 750, a low Lexile for the proposed audience, but it seems as though someone read the manuscript and told Stracher to beef up the vocabulary. So we hear about a "pirate king" (which is language to appeal to kids younger than Amazon's recommended 12 to 17), yet we also read, "It was a parasite, living in symbiosis with its host..." and "a phalanx of soldiers." The simple metaphors and similes also seem added in for some not-achieved good measure.
In The Water Wars, Stracher hopes to build a dystopian novel in the style of Hunger Games, Unwind, Matched, Among the Hidden, and others in which children take the lead in righting a society gone seriously wrong. The Water Wars may hold some students' attention, but those looking for strong Young Adult dystopian fiction should look elswhere. This includes teachers who think they might want to use this as part of literature circles; while the book may raise some ethical questions, other books do the same much better, and there is not enough substance here to build on.
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