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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...more
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Published August 6th 2013 by Blink
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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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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:...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
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
Cassandra Hsiao
The synopsis had me hooked already. Aquifer is a dystopian novel set in the year 2250 in a world where emotions are suppressed. Water is scarce. Water equals power, and a Council controls the water. Sixteen-year-old Luca is the son of the Deliverer, which means that one day, he'll be the one to descend underground to the Aquifer and negotiate with The Rats for fresh water. When his father, the Deliverer, disappears, the truth starts bubbling to the surface - and it isn't pretty. Luca goes on a q...more
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...more
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...more
Jade Degracia
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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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.
June Pace
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
Noah F
When one is affected negatively by a problem one should not wait for someone else to fix it, they should go fix it themselves. Aquifer takes place in 2250 where water is very valuable and very hard to find. Everyone is ridden from their emotion. That was the Councils idea to reduce conflict, but there is a very heavy price. Anger, fear, and love are all non existent except for Luca, he feels all of them very strongly. Luca is 16 and his father is a deliverer, the only person aloud to talk with t...more
Wow, a dystopian novel that is better than what is currently available.

I know people think the plot is super complicated, and I will agree with that. However, I think it also depends on the type of reader you are. I am someone who can absorb information very quickly, so I could generally follow the twists and turns of the plot. I will say that the author could have handled some areas a bit better. Towards the end, it seemed slightly sloppy, but it didn't ruin the book for me.

There were a few thi...more
Jeanette Johnson
Kudos Jonathan Friesen. This book is unique and well developed with many twists and turns yet easy to get wrapped up in. I read through this fascinating story very quickly. This will appeal to teens of all ages.

Booklist sums the theme up perfectly: In a futuristic Australia, fresh drinking water is controlled by a group called the Council of Nine. Each year, the Deliverer must travel to the Aquifer, the water source, bearing gifts of light to a devolved race known as Water Rats to ensure that wa...more
Jen Blackham
This was available for immediate download from the library. I thought it sounded a little like "Gregor the Overlander" with the group of people who live underground, the Rats (although in Gregor, there are actual rats). From the very beginning (the prologue) I could tell this was a bit of a challenge, with the set up of the world, the language. It just wasn't an "easy" and entertaining read. I must admit, I like easy and entertaining. I continued to struggle through this, and I did fininsh, but...more
Eddie James
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 world's fresh water. But he has learned the true control rests with the Council aboveground, a group that has people followi
Beverly McClure
Imagine living in a world without fresh water when you turn on the tap. Imagine living a life of total control, where fear, anger, and love are prohibited; a land where children are “taken, developed, and returned;” a land where books are banned. This is sixteen-year-old Luca’s world in 2250.

Author Jonathan Friesen’s YA novel, AQUIFER, explores a world where people are not always who they seem and one misspoken word or action can prove fatal. To have water, the Deliverer goes to the underground...more
First Look: This looked interesting enough. There's plenty of Christian fantasy(especially high fantasy) out there, because I think biblical messages and symbols translate well to a high fantasy setting. I'd never read any Christian sci-fi or dystopianbefore this book, so that aspect intrigued me.

Setting: It had much in common with other dystopian settings--highly controlled society, lack of water,children educated by government, etc. (I find itinteresting how these themes are repeated over an...more
Victor Gentile
Jonathan Friesen in his new book, “Aquifer” published by Blink introduces us to Luca.

From the back cover: 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 world’s fresh wate...more
Wow, I did not like this book. I will admit that going into this book I wasn't aware that this was a pubbed by a religious publisher, but I also read Doon by the same publisher and didn't dislike it as much as I did this one. There is a difference between a religious book and an overly religious one that beats you over the head with it which this one did.

I really thought the concept of this book was going to be interesting, but in the end the follow through was a mess. Luca was this privileged p...more
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“We are often reminded how peaceful our world has become, a world without a police force or prison, where crimes and uprisings have nearly disappeared. But we’ve paid a price. The emotional root of all conflict — fear, anger, love, especially love — is prohibited. The goal of our schooling is to master a life of total self-control. A life without wrinkles, without feeling, without soul.” 0 likes
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