Tuesday, January 25, 2011

TBR or Reading TUESDAY: The Water Wars

Tuesdays bring us Tunes that motivate and influence our writing, book trailers that move us, and stories or upcoming releases aka TBReads that excite us. 

Today I'm bringing you a newly-released read that has world-building, characters with arc, and even a false antagonist. I'm currently mulling over this story for a review for Sourcebooks but thought it would be a great book to share with you now.

Title: The Water Wars
Author: Cameron Stracher
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Released: January 1, 2011
Pages: 240

Synopsis: (as printed on Teenfire, Sourcebooks Fire)

Lost in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, two teenagers race against time to rescue their friend from the corporations that run the world by controlling the limited water supply…

Vera, 15, and her brother Will, 17, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a world that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe and war.  In this world, water is hoarded by governments with access to it, rivers are dammed, polar caps are melted, and clouds sucked from the sky.  Their mother is ill from a nameless disease, and their father barely manages on ration tickets and black market goods.  One morning Vera meets and befriends a mysterious boy named Kai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water and claims to know an untapped river but is sworn to secrecy.

Vera and Kai become friends, and soon something elusive blossoms between them.  But one afternoon Kai doesn’t show up at their usual meeting place… Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search of their friend and his secret source of life-affirming liquid. The siblings are pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group and greedy corporations hell bent on controlling the world’s water supply – all of whom want to get their hands on Kai and his uncanny ability to find fresh water.

You can find the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookdepository. I was unable to find a website for the author, but I did locate an interview by one of my fantastic author friends, Dianne Salerni. 


  1. Cameron is awesome! Met him last year at the Sourcebooks Fire Launch Party and discovered we share a preference for vodka martinis.

  2. Wow, that's an amazing cover. I love it.

  3. Oooh, this sounds really good, especially after reading Shipbreaker and the Scorch Trials!

    Thanks for the review.

  4. I just bought a copy. Now I have to find time to sit down and read it!!!

  5. I'm with Tabitha. I have a stack of books by my bed and my desk. Now it's the time that's in short supply. Thanks for the post.


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