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Water Wars

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

40 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

Cameron Stracher provides a strong cautionary tale

The Water Wars devastated the United States which split into six nations in conflict with each other and Canada. The eco disaster is so great that Niagara Falls on both sides of the former boundary is bone dry. Children have become commodities to sell on the market as...
The Water Wars devastated the United States which split into six nations in conflict with each other and Canada. The eco disaster is so great that Niagara Falls on both sides of the former boundary is bone dry. Children have become commodities to sell on the market as liquid finding slaves.

In Illinowa, the government Water Board Authority, the most powerful agency, distributes desalinated water to citizens. The chemical cleansed liquid leads to disease as the mother of young Vera and Will seems to be dying from the toxin. The kids meet Kai who seems to have an endless supply of fresh water. He explains he gets his water from his dad who knows the location of an underground river. When someone kidnaps Kai and his father, Vera and Will search for their new friend.

Cameron Stracher provides a strong cautionary tale based on the premise that in the near future the liquid wars will focus on water and not oil. The author's harsh environment in which the polar caps are gone is so vivid, readers will feel constantly thirsty. Violence is prolific as fights on grand and small scales are the norm; think in terms of the range wars of the late nineteenth century, but on a global scale. Although none of the three teens are fully developed as the Stracher world overwhelms the cast, young adult readers will appreciate this engaging thriller.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on November 24, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Don't bother

I was so dissapointed in this book. The writing is mediocre at best. There is almost no character development. I HATE not finishing a book I start so it took every ounce of strengh to finish this book. Then the ending just does nothing..I guess the author is hoping to m...
I was so dissapointed in this book. The writing is mediocre at best. There is almost no character development. I HATE not finishing a book I start so it took every ounce of strengh to finish this book. Then the ending just does nothing..I guess the author is hoping to make this a trilogy or something. I read this right after reading The Hunger Games so perhaps I was expecting to much from this story. I just can't get over how elementary the writing is. The idea of the story had potential..the author just couldn't deliver.

posted by Yaremis on February 22, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2011

    Don't bother

    I was so dissapointed in this book. The writing is mediocre at best. There is almost no character development. I HATE not finishing a book I start so it took every ounce of strengh to finish this book. Then the ending just does nothing..I guess the author is hoping to make this a trilogy or something. I read this right after reading The Hunger Games so perhaps I was expecting to much from this story. I just can't get over how elementary the writing is. The idea of the story had potential..the author just couldn't deliver.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    Not worth it.

    I used to own this in paperback. The concept is beautiful, but concept alone does not a story make. Poor execution and lack of characters and circumstances that made me care about what I was reading made me regret my purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Goes downhill quickly

    The first few chapters are decent, then it dives into silly actions sequences and inane and pointless dialog.

    It gets so amateurish that you wonder if it was written by a teenager.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    could be better

    I think a lot of the relationships in this book could have been developed more, the neck breaking pace did not allow for this and that was one of the main things lacking. It's an nod to the future of a world that misuses it's resources, something that we can all relate to in some way.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    bad looking book

    this book iss. a poser of thhe hunger games

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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