I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Waterfall by Amber Garr
Series: The Water Crisis Chronicles #1
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
Source: the author
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The water is gone. The wars have begun.
Clean water is a luxury most can no longer afford. Climate change, industrial sabotage, and greed have turned country against country as each one tries to provide for its citizens. Terrorist groups target desalinization plants and frustrated governments hunt those who work against them. Rationing, sequestering, and patrolling have become routine at a time when there are too many people and not enough resources.
While the world around them disintegrates into chaos, Zach and Vivienne hope that their life in a government-run complex will retain some semblance of normalcy. But when attacks on their water supplies bring war to their sheltered community, they must accept their new fate. Stay and fight or flee and endure—it’s a difficult decision with lasting consequences.
Will they choose what’s safe? Or will they choose to survive?
Well, this was better than I expected, but I can’t really tell you what I was expecting. Maybe because I’ve read so many dystopian stories, I have an idea already formed in my mind of what it’s going to be. This was new though. I’ve never read a story where something so basic, something we take for granted every single day, is gone; clean drinking water. How quickly the world falls apart around us!
It’s a great YA read! It’s classified as NA, though I didn’t feel like it was overly mature to be limiting the audience. Maybe the next book in the series will lean that way? For now, I’m definitely recommending this for a teen audience. The characters, Zach and Vivienne, are two friends(?) who live in a fenced-in community, safe from war. Their water is clean, though limited. Their families are close, but their friendship has been strained for some time, both struggling to find where they fit in. I almost wish that I could have seen more about what their life was like at this point. The plot, however, took off at a mighty pace from here. I think this strained friendship was my favorite part of the book. They had a great chemistry, and I wanted to spend more time exploring this with them.
I loved the writing style. There were moments that I really enjoyed, but I also felt there were moments that weren’t explored enough. Because of the pace, there were whole periods of time that were skipped. Weeks and months blew past, and wanted to yell SLOW DOWN! I wanted to enjoy Zach and Vivienne’s relationship as it blossomed from awkward teen romance into a more mature companionship. And then, I started to get a baaaaad feeling. Young attractive male characters started getting introduced left right and center, and I couldn’t help but feel like this was all setting up for a love triangle. Isn’t there enough conflict with the world falling apart? Or maybe it’s just that I’ve read so many books, that my expectations are getting in the way. I will definitely be reading Waterproof, but my fingers will be crossed that Zach doesn’t get shuffled to the side for version 2.0.
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