Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Vera and her older brother Will live in a futuristic world where Water is the new money.  As the kids help their father take care of their ill mother the search for water is a daily task and forever on their minds.  Vera’s friend Kai and his dad have a rare wealth due to Kai’s dad being a  water driller.  When Kai fails to show up one day, Vera and Will discover that Kai has been abducted.

The search for their friend will take them beyond their republic of Illinowa and through the republic of Minnesota and Canada.  As they travel they are befriended by pirates and at one point even taken hostage by terrorists.  Eventually making their way to Bluewater, the area that has the monopoly on the water desalinization process.  This is where they find Kai and his father and a whole world of trouble beyond what they could have ever imagined.

Water Wars was a fast read of dystopian fiction that hits on a topic all too close to home.  With talks of real life water shortages in the world’s future I found this book to be a look into a possible reality which for me, hit real close to the scary mark.  I could picture the people fighting for water and the look of them from the lack of it.  I really had to take a long hard look at my own water waste in my life (Ie… running the water to hot before stepping into the shower… letting a faucet run while I grab the phone or take out the garbage…)

I have to talk cover:  Awesome awesomeness!!!  I love it!  Very eye catching.

Cameron Stracher writes a novel that I think will appeal to YA readers who don’t dive too deeply into the read and discover the lack of character development or the conflict details.  I felt as though this book left something to be desired in the middle but in the end pulls together a good finale.

Just because this book did not fit me, doesn’t mean it will not fit someone else.  I have an additional advanced copy of this book for someone who would like to give it a try.  Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in reading this book and I will choose one commenter at the end of the week using random.org to mail this to.

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I have updated the 2011 WHERE Are You Reading map to include Water Wars


I picked this book up from the publisher

29 thoughts on “Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

  1. This sounds really interesting. I am sorry that you didn’t quite like it and that the character development was a problem.

    I have a habit of using very hot water in my shower (especially in this cold winter). I can’t imagine what a water shortage would mean. I also drink water from water bottles and make tea from spring water (my tap water makes it taste terrible) and I am well aware how privileged I am. 😦

    Great review! I would like to try The Water Wars.

    1. I’m especially bummed that the character development is lacking because there’s a dearth of good stories that really present the water situation in a meaningful way, and I think it’s something we need to be mindful of.

  2. Like you said the cover is very eye catching and it seems like the story has left something out of it – should be an interesting read – please enter me.


  3. I read this one also. Loved the cover, that’s what drew me to the book. I have to agree with you also about the story, lacked some depth and at times I had to force myself to continue reading. It just didn’t grab me like some others.

  4. I also noticed the lack of depth and the quick-moving plot points (things that seemed to happen too easily). I think part of it can be chalked up to writing for the younger set, but then again writing for the YA audience doesn’t have to be that way (as many great YA authors have shown with their writing), so I have a tendency to be more judgmental about that aspect of the writing.

  5. I’d like to read this. Fresh water is going to be the next natural resource the world fights over. Recently the eight Great Lakes states and Canada renewed the “Great Lakes Basin Compact” which basically states that ‘the water is ours and we can’t be forced to send it anywhere else’. Yup, there’s going to be a fight.

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