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Only he can bring what they need to survive.

In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by BLINK
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May 03, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing
Every year the deliverer has to go below the surface of the Earth to make a deal with the rats to let the above world have fresh water for a year and peace. When Luca goes to take his father's place, something goes terribly wrong. Can he save the world and his father from this darkness? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read that I got for $2 at the local Christian book store. If you enjoy dystopian stories, definitely check this out at the Christian book stores and wherev
Jan 15, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia, 2014-reads
With the growing popularity of dystopic literature for young adults, authors must find a fresh perspective to make their work stand out. Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen has a government that maintains its power not through subtle mindwashing or social planning, but by control of the world’s remaining freshwater supply. Given the rising concern about water supplies—even in America, farms and urban areas dispute water supplies, especially in the barren Southwest—the scenario seems closer to reality th ...more
C.B. Cook
Feb 02, 2016 C.B. Cook rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, dystopian
So I thought I'd try out a new review format to help keep my brain on track. Let's see if it works. First, a general blurb.

I super enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure about it, because I'd seen some negative reviews, and it was an impulse buy at Family Christian (we did have a thirty percent off coupon, which tends to spark impulse buys. ;) ) So I actually have a paperback copy of this one! *gasp* Also, there are potentially major spoilers inside the spoiler tags. You have been warned.

The Good (Th
Sep 18, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Earth of the future is a wasteland. The once precious liquid that sustained life -- fresh water -- has vanished, leaving only its salty counterpart in its stead and a people struggling to eke out a meager existence on the dusty wastelands that once teemed with life. Fresh water is only available from one source, the Aquifer, and once a year the Toppers send their Deliverer into the bowels of the Earth to broker a deal with the fearsome Water Rats who control the Aquifer for a year's supply. ...more
I am baffled as to why people don't like this book. The writing was good, the world-building strong. A unique dystopian plot in a stand-alone format? That's rare. The characters were great, I never saw any of the plot twists coming. Guys, you are missing a treasure here. Sure the romance was rushed, but with some couples they know instantly because of God and that's my belief to how that should be taken.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
Normally I would give a book more than a chance, but with this one I was so lost and confused I just couldn't get past page 22. And meanwhile I have no clue out what happened in 21 of those 22 pages.
Prologue has a decaying woman & strips of her flesh. Just a lovely imagine I needed in my head. Then there's words I'm sure aren't real, hard accents to read and I am so overwhelmed by the plot and people. Lost, so very lost. Like-on-the-other-side-of-the-world-lost. So lost.
The plot sounded i
Bill Tillman
Aquifer is the best "Dystopian" novel I have ever read, yes at least for me its better than the 'Hunger Games'. The first 50 pages is a bit challenging (setting up the 2250 World) after that it reads like a real page turner. Luca goes into the underworld to find his father Massa and goes through several life changing events. The ending is beyond great and hardly leave a dry eye in the house. My thanks to Zondervan for allowing me to read an advanced copy.
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
In a futuristic Australia, the whole world is dependent on the Aquifer and the relationship between those who control it "The Rats" and those above, led by "The Council". This relationship is held with a yearly contract in which the Deliverer visits the Rats for a yearly conference. Luca is the next in line to become a Deliverer and the only other person besides his father that knows the way down to the Rats.
In a world that has abolished human emotions as much as possible. The domino effect of t
Picked this up (digital download) from my local library, as I needed something to read and it was instantly available. I struggled starting with the prologue, as the reader is thrust into this different world without many explanations. . Trying to understand who these two men were, what they were doing, and the words that were being thrown out ... Amongus, the PM (peacemaker), Watchers, scratching time, wrinkles, being debriefed and being undone ...

As the story starts, it shifts into a present t
Aug 24, 2013 Barbara rated it did not like it
I received a review copy from the publisher after hearing about the book. It sounded awesome.

It was totally confusing.

The premise that sounded so good in synopsis was underwhelming in execution. The setting is a dystopian future Australia, with much of the rest of the world shrouded in myth. Characters seemed to pop in and out as needed by the author to make the plot work.

There are the Amongus (who start out as villainous, but I guess by the end we are supposed to pity them, and some even act
Jill Williamson
Sep 08, 2013 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it
Over 200 years in the future, life is very different. Drinking water is scarce and comes only from an underground aquifer beneath what was once Australia. And only one man knows the way. He alone is the one who keeps peace between the Rats that live underground and maintain the aquifer and those who live above. He is the Deliverer. And when he goes missing, the task of Deliver falls to his son, sixteen-year-old Luca.

Luca knows that something is wrong. His father always knows the way back. As he
Dec 15, 2013 manda-rae rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia, young-adult
So the premise of this book is really good. But I had a hard time following the execution. To put it simply, it was too wordy for me, and I wasn't a fan of the ending.

Luca lives in a world where fresh water is scarce. He lives in a society where feelings aren't allowed and water is rationed off. The only fresh water comes from underground in the Rat territory. Only Luca and his father know how to get down there and must make the trek once a year to keep the peace and make the life-saving trade:
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Sep 14, 2013 My Book Addiction and More MBA rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Although there were some plot points that I feel could have been fleshed out a bit more, this was an enjoyable, thought-provoking storyline with an element of spirituality that was not expected. Luca was a character that the YA reader will identify with and ultimately care for by the end of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed how the author described this dystopian future of a world without freshwater on Earth’s surface and a tenable hold on a limited supply underground. It takes place on and around ...more
Don't miss out on this unique, fascinating story set in the year 2250, where drinkable water is hard to find and feelings and art are forbidden! The Council monitors emotion and lethally enforces their rule. Once a year the Deliverer travels down a long and winding path into the heart of the earth to exchange light rods for water with the rats, once human creatures who guard an aquifer, the only fresh water available on earth. Sixteen-year-old Luca, as his son, knows that one day he will take hi ...more
Dec 23, 2013 Jean rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fiction

I have mentioned before that I like to read dystopian fantasy books (see my review of The Fifth Wave), and Aquifer once again fits this category. In the future author Jonathan Friesen presents, the Earth no longer bears fresh water on its surface. The only water safe for human consumption lies below the ground, hidden in an aquifer (hence the title), which is guarded by a race of humans who have devolved to the state of being called “Rats.” Only one person ventures
Jun 06, 2015 Ghostwalker91 rated it really liked it
The beginning was a little hard to understand at first due to so many aspects of this dark world thrown at you at once, but it doesn't take long for the story to pull you in and it won't let you go utill the reach the very end. Great book would recommend!
Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen is an odd book. It’s set in a dystopian Australia which was interesting and unique. While obviously taking place in the distant future, the technology seemed all over to me – many aspects felt almost primitive but then other technologies seemed quite advanced. The ever-present dials perfectly embodied that contradiction – their capabilities seemingly outweighing the archaic wrapping. I didn’t understand the technology and most of it seemed unrealistic so I had to recl ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Aquifer is a place where water is rare. The Deliverer has to go below ground to negotiate with Rats that harvest water in order to bring any above ground to the town. This job has been passed down from father to son for as long as Luca can remember. His father has been training him since he was young to take over the position. The only problem is that Luca sees things a little differently than those around him. In a world where there is no emotion or creativity, Luca feels something. The
Jade Degracia
Apr 24, 2014 Jade Degracia rated it really liked it
The book Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen is 303 pages long following teenager Luca and his journey to save two worlds. I came across this fiction book while I was wondering throughout the chelsea high school library. This book sounded perfect for me, as soon as I found it I wanted to read it, because I love books filled with mystery and tons of suspense.
The book Aquifer is about a sixteen year old boy, and his journey to save two worlds. Luca has lived in a society his whole life, where all people
Feb 25, 2014 Rayleigh rated it really liked it
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“In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world’s fresh water. But he has learned that true control rests with the Council above ground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and
Feb 22, 2014 SARIT rated it really liked it
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thoroughly enjoyed how the author described this dystopian future of a world without freshwater on the surface. AQUIFER is a story of highly controlled society, lack of water, children educated by government, lies, family secrets, and betrayal. It’s also a story of friendship and learning to trust. There is violence, death, and dead bodies in this story but it creates a sadness in the reader instead of horror. It was nice to find that the plot
Oct 30, 2013 yueyang rated it really liked it
Luca is a Deliver's son and when he is 16, he is a Deliverer. When Massa, his dad, disappears, he goes to find him. Along the way, he finds a lot about his history and his family. He meets Tayla and falls in love. They will need to pour all their resouses in order to save the world.
Aquifoer is a exellent book despite its confusion. It is a bit confusing in the beginning but it gets better. The book takes random turns and some you don't expect. This book is good for people who like H20.
Antonio Marrero Jr
Feb 22, 2015 Antonio Marrero Jr rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, yes its another dystopian young adult novel, but I think this one goes deeper than the typical government is bad. The people are controlled much more than other novels I've read or movies I've watched. They are not even allowed to feel certain feelings and are punished if they do, which you can imagine is not fun.

The characters were a bit difficult to get a good sense of who they truly are, sometimes this is good in times where you don't know if they will betray a c
June Pace
Sep 15, 2014 June Pace rated it really liked it
I read through some of the reviews, surprised to see anything under a three star rating. It's funny to me how involved and deadly readers can be dissecting a plot, taking it to a level that is really unnecessary…they remove all the excitement and uniqueness and pick on the abstract of details that yeah, maybe could have been addressed…however, if they had been would have made it an entirely different story. Who really cares about the rest of the planet, this was one cities story…and it was a goo ...more
Jordan Mierek
Jan 30, 2014 Jordan Mierek rated it liked it
I received a copy of AQUIFER by Jonathan Friesen from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. I was thrilled at the chance to read it, as I’d seen the book in Barnes and Noble, and fell in love with it. The cover caught my attention first – you can feel the raised bubbles – and the synopsis stole me away. Water is scarce and those who control it are in charge. It sounded like a great futuristic young adult novel. Then, a friend recommended I read it. She’s obsessed with dystopian stories so she reads a lo ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: z-street-team
I thought the premise sounded really interesting for this book but I never got into it. The first chapter was actually enjoyable but then it kinda went down hill. The characters weren't developed enough for me and it seemed they were just running from one place to another. It felt the main character was reflecting on what happened the whole time, like he was telling this story that took place in the past and would make comments that brought me out of the story, such as "Another lie." The languag ...more
Lisa Godfrees
Feb 09, 2015 Lisa Godfrees rated it really liked it
An interesting dystopian. It reminded my a bit of The Giver because the Toppers weren't supposed to feel. The Aquifer was a cool concept and I enjoyed reading the story to see where it would go. I got a little confused at the very end because I wasn't sure if the light coming up from the sea was supposed to be the dawn or something else. Overall, worth reading.
May 26, 2015 Dana rated it it was ok
This is a YA dystopian fiction book that seems intriguing, but many of the details are not fleshed out enough to make sense. Set in Australia in the future, the world has no fresh water other than that which is pumped to the surface from an aquifer deep underground run by the "rats". Luca's father goes below the earth once a year to trade light sticks for another year of water and he is training Luca to do the same. The people live in an emotionless society due to fear of emotions causing war an ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
The book for review is “Aquifer” by Jonathan Friesen. The genre is teen fiction and it is based in the future.

It is the year 2250. You are no longer allowed to feel and any expression of art is not allowed. You could become undone. The world is not as we know it. Water is not as available to the people of this world. The Council are the ones in charge and they dictate the punishment for those who go against the rules.

Water has been found, unfortunately it is beneath their feet. Humans tunneled d
Jan 24, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
Aquifer by Janathan Friesen was a pleasant change from the usual distopian novels. This author has great imagination and isn't afraid to write something a little different from the current "top rated books".
The life of a deliverer is not all it appears. Generations of one family that goes below once a year to form an agreement to supply water to the "toppers". Above everyone is told lies to keep emotions in check and daily lifestyle uniform. Until one day everything changes and all that has bee
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I had the perfect life.

I was the grade-school star and the teacher’s pet. The world revolved around me and I suspected it always would. If you ask most people about their life, they don’t begin with fifth grade. But that was a good year.

Illness changed that. I retreated into a shell and escaped into words. Writing a story sucked the pain out of me, at least for a while. That’s when I learned to “f
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