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The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Title: The Water Wars
Author: Cameron Stracher
Pages: Hardcover 240 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date Published: January 1st 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
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Veraand her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country thathas collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments,rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriendsKai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When Kai suddenlydisappears, Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search ofhim-pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group, and greedy corporations. Timelyand eerily familiar, acclaimed author Cameron Stracher makes a stunning YAdebut that’s impossible to forget. 

“Letus pray that the world which Cameron Stracher has invented in The Water Wars is testament solely tohis pure, wild, and brilliant imagination, and not his ability to see thefuture. I was parched just reading it.”-Laurie David, academy awardwinning producer of An InconvenientTruth, and author of The Downto Earth Guide to Global Warming
My Review
When I first readwhat this book was about I was eager to read it until I actually got to readingit then I had a lot of thoughts on it, some not so great. I will start of abouthow it made me feel… thirsty, really thirsty. Stracher made it possible for meto crave water, the way he explained the shortage of water and the way thecharacters were described, lips chapped and at the point of dehydration, I haveto say it was pretty intense, made me think about real life and how we mightnot be using water properly. That was probably the good part of the book, howthe author can make you feel a certain way and so extremely. Now I want to talkabout the so-so portion of the book. There was so much action, if you are intoaction filled book, this might be for you. In my opinion there was way too muchaction, so much that it was really improbable, which was disappointing becausethe topic of the lack of water was so realistic it was even easy to connectthen you get all this action that you get in corny movies in which you think toyourself, “how does that happen? Is that even possible? No one can have thatmuch luck. If it was real life they would have already been dead.” A lot ofaction in which I waited for something important to happen but nothing ever did,it just went from action to more action and so on. This book was not exactlymade for me but it was not so bad.
I recommend thisbook to anyone into action filled stories and into the dystopian genre.
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in 2.5 Stars, Debut Author Challenge, Review


Beastly by Alex Flinn

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Pages: Hardcover 304 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: October 1st 2007
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: 

I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorillaor dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangsand claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place isNew York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay thisway forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English classcast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls bynight? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guyyou wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then,I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.
My Review
For starters I will admit this book was not for me. Ireally believed it was of my taste but once I read it I realized it wasn’t. Itis a temporary version of Beauty and the Beast and I was really excited to readit. The book is small but it took me a while to finish it, I’m guessing it wasbecause it wasn’t seizing my attention. It was a good story and I understandwhy a lot of people liked it. It had its romance and its moral but it justwasn’t for me. I’m not going to say it was a bad book because it wasn’t, I amsure many of you will like it. It had a good little twist at the end that was prettyclever. I know this review was way too short but I hope you enjoy this book alittle more than I did.
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in 2.5 Stars, Review