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The Water Wars

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  4,236 ratings  ·  656 reviews
Welcome to a future where water is more precious than gold or oil—and worth killing for

Vera and her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments, rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriends Kai, who seems to have limitless access to
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
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i feel like this is a book that mistook its is like the not-as-good version of Ship Breaker. if it is supposed to be a cautionary tale for adults told in a briskly-paced "fantastic" atmosphere, it is just too raggedy. characters move forward from one illustrative peril to another, in some "parade of characters" set piece, each more unrealistic than the one before; there is no breathing room between episodes in the race to the top of mount crazy. and the whole goody-good good guys vs.
The best thing about this book is its cover (just LOOK at it; it's stunning!). Granted, the plot seemed promising, but everything else was a flop. The characters were paper-thin (either on the good side or the bad side), and all their relationships were predictable. The only interesting characters were either absent for the majority of the book or introduced in the last few chapters. When characters died, they just dropped off the pages. I didn't feel any sadness or triumph when they disappeared ...more
After 166 reviews, I haven't ever given anything one star. Until now.
And this is my favorite genre: it should have been easy to like.

Let me count the ways that this didn't work:
- Kai. Worst character ever. Not interesting. No personality. Bordering on rude and stupid. No depth. The biggest problem with this book was that the whole driving point of the plot was Kai. And I JUST DIDN'T CARE. Because he sucks.
- Will and other secondary characters. Will had a slight amount of personality that wasn't
The good news: I finished it! It's over!

The bad news: everything else.

Vera lives in a world without water: it rains very little, and humankind has wasted (and/or drunk up) all the fresh water. State boundaries have changed; the US is no longer 50 states but 8 territories. The Republic of Illinowa is struggling to get water, battling with the Republic of Minnesota, who in turn is warring with the Empire of Canada for the fresh water that remains.

Vera meets a new boy, Kai, who can somehow sniff o
Christine Pakkala
I'm glad I didn't go with someone's review on this site because this is one of the best books I've read this winter. My family (60 + parents, younger teen brother) went to my uncle's house for Xmas and all of us read (and fought over) The Water Wars which was my advanced copy. It's funny because my Mom loved Stephane Meyers' books (ugh) and my brother loves those Philip Pullman (Sp?) books and my Dad reads James Patterson, but we all liked this book.

I'm always a little wary when a male author wr
Stacy Mozer
If you liked Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Maze Runner, you'll love Water Wars. In a future where water is more precious then oil or gold, a brother and sister must face water pirates, guards, and government to save their friend and save themselves.
The Water Wars has a frighteningly realistic premise that will speak to ecologically aware readers. This dystopian novel takes three teens on an adventure set in a world that has run out of water. The world barely survives but for a host of inventions and water gathering/treatment processes.

The world created in The Water Wars is clearly envisioned. You can feel the dryness and the thirst while reading this novel. The prospect of death by dehydration is clear and ever-present, creating a constant
I was initially drawn to Water Wars by the synopsis: a dystopian thriller, centered in a world oppressed by a corrupt government and a wicked draught. For a lover of apocalyptic stories, this book sounded like an absolute gem.

I was rather disappointed. Rather quickly.

Water Wars started off with the first encounter between the sixteen-year-old commoner Vera and mysterious Kai. While the tension between the two of them was interesting to a point, I seriously questioned the relationship betwee
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This book really didn't grab my attention as much as I wanted it too. While the story was good, the plot failed to grab me. It reminded me very much of Drought, just a different scenario. The plot fighting over water seemed not as action packed. There was fighting and running around. There were also some extra elements in the book that I didn't see coming. Like how some people can smell fresh water? It seems like you are living in a normal world, but there are some people who can do extraordinar ...more
Considering this was compared to "The Hunger Games", I expected it to be better. This had such an interesting concept for a story, but the way it was told bored me. It made me become a skimmer. I just thought I would have been wowed, but I'm underwhelmed!

Vera: Sister to Will, adventerous and brave at times. It is her idea to save Kai. Our main character.
Will: Older Brother to Vera, competitive. Seems to have low self-confidence, always thinks they will not be able to do things. A realist. Pulls
Apr 18, 2011 Chloe rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
What a horrible book. Tons of wrongs and, uh, no rights.

First off, connecting emotionally is impossible. I blame it on the fact that the writing style is choppy and narrative and the main character has the personality of a pencil. Some of the supporting characters are interesting but unrealistic. We have Ulysses who is a water pirate but turns out to be nice, and rescues Vera and Will more than once. And then there's Sula who comes in towards the end. Sula has a nice mystery to her but her ethic
Was he hoping to bury his main character under a whole lot of other characters? Wait, that’s harsh. Let me start from where I should have:

The context: In the future, the world will be one that’s parched. One where the one who has the water has the money and the power.

The players: Vera, Will and Kai. Honestly, they were underdeveloped. They went from one situation to another and each time a new character showed up. And like I said at first, was the author hoping to bury his main character under
Lenore Appelhans
This is quite the adventure story, but there are definitely pretty open criticisms of the government & the way we waste resources.

Some colorful supporting characters enliven a plot that bounces the teens from one dangerous situation to the next with little breathing room.
***This is really a 2.5 star book***
I was so excited to read The Water Wars (just look at that absolutely UH-MAZE-ING cover, it's freaking gorgeous) that I started at soon as I got it, but after reading it the only thing I love about it is the cover. Neither Vera, Will, or Kai were good characters, they were all really boring and single layered. Sula and the pirate king, Ulysses, were more interesting and they were secondary characters. I don't understand why Will and Vera would risk their lives
Feb 01, 2011 Nely rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: e-book
First off, let's start with the cover for this book... Amazing, right?! I helped pick it. [I took part in the poll that helped choose the cover ... so, you're quite welcome (brushes shoulders off)- haha]. Secondly, let's talk about the very seductive premise to this story. I mean we've seen all sorts of dystopian story lines as of late (i.e. zombies, war, lack of oil, even too much water), but this is the first story where I've read where it's the water that is scarce.

The world's inhabitants li
I love the look of this cover! The water aspect really screams out “read me”!

The whole premise of the earth running out of water was fascinating. I guess that I should say not running out of water, the oceans are still there. What they have actually run out of was drinking water. The most important!

Can you imagine not having any water to bathe with or even drink? Not to mention the fact that you cannot grow any vegetation and the plant life was nonexhistent. The ground was brittle and dry with n
S.A. Larsen
I won't lie. I had a hard time with this story.

When I agree to do a book review, it's always with the intention of truly reading and reading into the story. I desire to examine the characters, setting, and flow so that I may give anyone reading my review an accurate view of the story. It is never my intention to put anyone's work down. This book is on the market, and the author deserve that credit.

At first glance of the cover, I was excited. It's totally smashing. And on the onset, I felt a con
Water. Vital ingredient of life. So vial that when we've used or poisoned the earth's water to the point of near depletion, countries are ready to fight tooth and nail to get their share. Vera's led a dry and dusty life, never enough to drink in a land that sucks the moisture right out of you. Then she meets Kai, who acts like water is as common as anything and as their friendship grows, Vera soon realizes that Kai knows more than he's telling her. Then one day, Kai's late to the bus stop and Ve ...more
I really wanted to like this more. The plot looked really interesting: what happens to the world when we finally run out of clean water? I just wish it had been done better.

Problem #1: I wasn't really drawn to the characters. There were no defining personality traits that made me like any of them. The good guys were good and the bad guys were bad. No depth. No development.

Problem #2: Way too much coincidence. Without giving too much away, it just felt like things happened a little to "easily" fo
Steph Su
Man. I really wanted to like this one. It’s dystopian, first of all, and it’s not too much a stretch of the imagination to picture our future being like this. And for the first few chapters all was still well. The world-building is solidly vivid—I could clearly visualize the parched, struggling land that Vera lives in when I closed my eyes—and the characters, while not standouts, were at least not irritating. Vera’s not a particularly convincing narrator, but I was willing to overlook narratoria ...more
While The Water Wars has a unique dystopian concept, I felt it was poorly executed. The apocalyptic world that Cameron Stracher invented was lacking in solidity—it had no real background (all we’re told is that there was “a war”, with undertones of global warming and poor care of the environment). The characters hop from location to location, but none of the settings had much distinction from the other.

The characters of The Water Wars also fell flat, in my opinion. Vera’s narration was first-pe
A stand-alone dystopian novel?! Is it possible that I found one? Yes! And it wasn't completely centered on romance. And it was completely gripping. And it was just really, really awesome.

Vera was a great character. She wasn't stupidly brave but she also wasn't afraid to stand up for her friends and what she believed in. Coming from almost nothing, she wants to make the world a better place. Whenever she has the opportunity to do so, she immediately takes it. I loved reading about her and Will. I
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
The Water Wars follows Vera, a teen living in the Republic of Illinowa, a region decimated by lack of rain, harvesters, and people snatching every ounce of water from the sky. Inland and in trouble, class differences are vast, and Vera and her brother Will are very little more than middle class. When she meets Kai, the beautiful blonde boy with a mysterious background and every stranger wealth, she finds a friend in the midst of her bone-dry life. But Kai mentions a river, hidden and coveted, an ...more
A book about a world with almost no water left. And there's these things call Diviners that can find water. After her "boyfriend" Kai (who is a diviner) gets kidnap, she goes after him. Doesn't that seem like an amazing book?!

This book was the most disappointing I have ever read. The first chapter was so promising and wonderful. The author seemed not to even try the rest of the book. Kai and Vera's relationship was really awkward. After they kissed Vera went on for a page about how confused she
I thought this was pretty good. Not the best thing I have ever read, but it was still something that kept me reading cause I wanted to know what happend. I liked how everything was resolved. It was not a huge elaborate ending that told you their whole future life story, but it still gave you a resolve. I would recommend this book to others.
Blodeuedd Finland
Things have gone really bad in this book. The polar ice has melted and been harvested, dams have ben cut off, and rivers are dry. The world has been through wars and what once was the US is now a couple of smaller countries. Vera and her brothers live in Illionowa. They are normal kids, except for being thirsty all the time, eating bad food, and worrying about the future. But they still seem hopeful, and love to watch YouToo. Kai is a mystery kid that Vera meets. He keeps his secrets close, and ...more
The Water Wars was not what I was expecting, defiantly a dystopian novel but more for the all that matters is the environment readers. I have a hard time with the eco-friendly, forced down my throat go green crap. WW can be viewed two ways: One that has a realistic premise that will make you love it and want to recycle a little more or will come across as far-fetched that may induce major eye rolling.

The book revolves around two teens- Vera and Kai who explore a mild romance and give readers a l
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knew when I accepted this book that it was getting overall mixed reviews. I wanted to read it any because I was really intrigued by the story line. I ended up liking it ok, but add my thoughts to the mixed bag.

I really liked the idea of the world running out of water. The way everything is run seems very believable to me and not a life I would want. I thought it was interesting how the US has separated and how each area basically takes care of their own. The way the area that Vera's lives in was
I really enjoyed THE WATER WARS by Cameron Stracher. I don't believe in global warming and am about as far from an environmentalist as you can get; being a Christian who believes that the world will last through the end times, because the Bible says it does... But as a piece of fiction, I felt THE WATER WARS was a well written dystopian and an entraining read. Starting a bit slow, but still interesting as Stracher creates a fascinating world in which fresh pure water is beyond scarce and worth m ...more
After becoming quite addicted to dystopian novels, it was easy to add "The Water Wars" to my forever growing reading pile. While I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect from this one, I was sure I would enjoy it, but I find myself torn 50/50.

"The Water Wars" tells the story of a brother and sister that are in search of a friend, Kai. They find themselves in a number of sticky situations along their journey. With major shortages of water across the land, they find that the government is hoarding th
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Cameron Stracher practices and teaches law. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He lives in Westport, CT, with his wife, two children, and two dogs, not necessarily in that order.
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“What happend to her? To Miranda?'

Ulysses shrugged. 'What happens to most children. She got sick, and never got better.'

'And your wife?'

'The same.'

'But you said you were married,' said Will, glancing down at Ulysses's ring, smooth and lustrous in the half-light.

'I'll always be married. But it'll be the next world when I see her again.”
“You can't just fly into the Great Coat, shoot your way into Bluewater, and take Kai and his father,' I told him.

'Why not?'

'Cause you can't. They'll killl you, for one thing.'

Ulysses scratched his beard. 'Hmm. Need a better plan.”
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