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3.12  ·  Rating details ·  485 ratings  ·  137 reviews
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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Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-reads, dystopia
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 ...more
Dec 04, 2015 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
C.B. Cook
Apr 23, 2015 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
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
Jill Williamson
Sep 05, 2013 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
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.
Aug 23, 2013 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
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
Aug 24, 2013 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
Sep 19, 2013 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
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Sep 14, 2013 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 ...more
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
Jul 12, 2013 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:
E.C. Elliot
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book had so much potential. The cover was really cool and the story idea was unique.

But it was executed horribly.

Sorry, but Luca was a pitiful idiot. He listened to The Voice (the Voice is God, or at least that's how I took it) meant he would have to meet the love of his sixteen years of life that he had known for a grand total of two days. *eye roll*

Talya just plain annoyed me. She was to perfect and just... Annoying. (Lol, so eloquent)

Basically the only thing I liked
Oct 29, 2013 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.
Lisa Godfrees
Feb 09, 2015 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.
Jun 01, 2015 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!
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had the privilege of being sent a pre-release advanced reading copy, and I'll be honest - ever since I first read the plot of this story I was hooked. It reminded me vaguely of City of Ember, and I had really enjoyed that story.

Also, I've always been drawn to plots involving an expedition deep within the earth's core.
The science-geek side of me has always been fascinated with the earth's inner layers and makeup. While neather City of Ember or Aquifer are *scientific* books, I enjoyed both
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Aquifer by Jonathan Freisen, 2013

Aquifer by Jonathan Freisen is a post-apocalyptic story. It is 2250 and there is only one fresh water source left in the world. Only one man, and his son, are capable of trading with the “rats” that live underground that protect the water source. This man is called the Deliverer, and he is considered a saint. However, this is all an image, because the government only pretends to give him control, so the people trust the decisions they make. This society can’t
Aug 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
There are 3 main problems with this book. 1) all characters are just cardboard cutouts of the types of characters you expect to find in this type of book. You've got Main Protagonist. Companion. Female Love Interest. Parent.p, Eccentric Wise Adult Companion and/or Guide. Enemy(ies ), Random Helpful Stranger, and Beautiful-Wise Prophesy Lady/Surrogate Parent. These are not just character tropes, this is pretty much all the information you are given about each "character". Some of them get ...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
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
About the time I was wondering whether or not I was going to be able to make it through this book (maybe 90 pages in) it started to get interesting. Had a hard time following it at the beginning and finally started to kind of understand it close to halfway through... at least enough to finish the book anyway.
DNF at page 102
What a strange book. I am not sure why, but this kinda complicated and hard to follow. A 100 pages in and I just could remember what I read and what was happening. There is too many thing at the same time and not enough explications about the world and characters.
Amy Mancini-Marshall
Jan 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is a heavy-handed Christian piece attempting to be a YA dystopian novel and failing miserably. Trite characters exist in a lackluster plot. The dystopian formula is so blatant and poorly done that I wouldn’t recommend it to even the most ardent fans of the genre.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Sometimes you just need to read some YA fantasy.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I liked the idea for this story! There was something about the way the story was written and the lack of backstory that made it hard for me to get into it. So just one star for me.
Feb 22, 2014 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
Jul 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is one of those reviews that I dread writing, because reading the author's bio made me like him, and I love that this is a dystopia from a male POV, and it seems action-y enough to pull in guy readers (which, as a youth services librarian, I'm always trying to do). Actually, the story is pretty good until about a quarter of the way in, where everything flies off in myriad different directions, leaving the reader (moi) saying, "Huh?"

I'll be honest: I only made it halfway through the ARC
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Luca is minding his business one day considering his role as the Deliverer’s son when he comes across a group of neighbors lined up to be executed. Luca is displeased to see so many people receiving injustice, but then he notices something he’s never seen before. There’s a child among them and he is unable to stand by doing nothing. Luca makes a decision to help this child escape, but in doing so he unleashes a chain of events that lead to his destiny.

Luca has a huge responsibility on his hands,
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