Monday, January 3, 2011

Book Review + Book Giveaway: The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

I love a good dystopia. I am a huge fan of this genre for some reason or another. No matter what the controlling government or post-apocalyptic plague the characters are facing, I'm there. I will pretty much read any book in this genre, and was terrifically excited to read this one.

The Water Wars is the story of Vera and her brother, Will, who live in a section of the re-apportioned US called Illinowa. There are now only 5 such sections of the US, and they are not friendly toward one another. Much of the coast of the US, Canada, Greenland, and Mexico has been lost to disastrous flooding.  Of course, the all of the flooding from the polar ice caps has melted into the ocean and is undrinkable. Rivers have been dammed, and drinking water is at a premium. Pirates, government agencies, and ordinary citizens are all fighting for one precious commodity--water.

Shortly after Vera and Will become friendly with a mysterious boy named Kai, he disappears. It seems like he's been kidnapped, from the state of his ruined apartment. As it turns out, Kai and his father know where to find water--and dangerous people are vying to control Kai for his secrets.

Vera and Will begin to search for Kai and are quickly swept up in an international battle. They get to experience just how far people are willing to go for clean, drinkable water. And once they start this journey, they can't turn back. Too quickly, they are in deep and know that if they every want to see Kai alive again, they've got to find him.

I did read this book in one sitting, but that had more to do with the fact that I didn't think I'd pick it back up again if I set it down. This is not to say that the book was completely boring, because it wasn't. I just didn't really connect with the characters. Because, when a book presents an entirely different world from the one that I know and understand, I need to have a good relationship with the characters. Books like The Hunger Games and The Uglies series and Matched developed great worlds and great characters.

I just felt pretty much nothing for Vera and Will. I mean, I didn't want anything bad to happen to them, but I didn't not feel any sense of urgency about whether or not they were going to make it to the end of this story. That said, the world of The Water Wars was pretty believable. Just yesterday, it was a balmy 40 degrees here in Western Maine. We barely have any snow! We should have feet by now and the temperature should be right around zero, or at least in the low teens. I completely know that Global Warming is taking place and believe this book. It's just the characters that are a little shallow for my taste.

All badness aside (and it's really not that bad), I do have an extra copy of this book. In my haste to get it and read it, I bought two without realizing it. So, I am going to give away one copy to a lucky commenter. It'd be great if it went to someone who's participating in a dystopia reading challenge or who likes this genre. But, I'll give it to whichever person random.org chooses!

This giveaway is for those with US addresses only. It closes on 1/10/2011 at midnight (EST).  
To enter, simply leave a comment with your email and an answer to this question:

What is your favorite dystopia? Classic, YA, adult, whatever. 
I just need fun titles to look forward to!

Extra Entries:

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Please leave all entries in one comment. 
Good Luck!

**This book counts toward my tally in the Dystopia Reading Challenge 2011**
(There's still time to join!)

70 comments:

  1. thanks for the contest!

    my all time FAVE dystopia is the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness...nothing tops it in my opinion.

    +3 for being an old follower. :D

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  2. I'm just now getting into Dystopia. It has to catch me somehow or another for me to read it. The concept is slowly growing on me. I received an ARC of Wither and fell in love with that. I'm pretty sure that falls under this category. It comes out in March :-)

    Stacey
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  3. Delirium is a dystopian novel that was good.
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  4. This is a book I MUST get my hands on!!! So far some of my favorite dystopias have been The Hunger Games, Wither, Across the Universe, The Giver ... The Giver was really my first read in that genre and loved it even then.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Jessi
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  5. My favorite dystopia is The Hunger Games! I really haven't read that much but am looking forward to reading more.

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  6. I've read some great new YA dystopia lately, but Brave New World is still my favorite.

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    Thanks so much!
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  7. I hope you've read the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness (starting with The Knife of Never Letting Go). I don't think it's mentioned enough in the blogosphere--but it's SO innovative and exciting.

    +3 I'm an old follower

    Thanks for the contest!
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  8. A classic favorite of mine must be Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. A recent dystopia series that I've enjoyed is the Hunger Games.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. That's a shame it wasn't that good, the premise sounds so promising. I'm with you on not connecting with characters. It really does make a difference when it comes to enjoying the book. Oh well. Good to see you've made a start on the challenge!

    Obviously I'm not entering the comp, I'm just checking out your review ;)

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm just starting to get into this genre. I've heard quite a bit about this book. It really caught my attention as we live in the drought plagued Central Valley of California and water conservation/rationing is extremely important here already. Should be an interesting read.

    +3 I'm an old follower.

    Jules
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  11. My favorite dystopia series is the Hunger Games. I just read them this year and they are AMAZING!
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  13. Great review! My fave dystopian is Matched by Ally Condie.
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    -Danna
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  14. I loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Giver series was great too!
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  15. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite dystopian novel is also Matched by Ally Condie.
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  16. I love dystopian! The Hunger Games is definitely my favorite!! Thanks so much. :)

    +3 I'm an old follower

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  17. The Hunger Games and Inside Out
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  18. The Hunger Games.

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  19. love hunger games dystopian
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  20. Great review. My fav so far is Matched, looking forward to seeing where Crossed goes.
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    Jennifer
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  21. I'd have to say Nomansland by Lesley Hauge, but then again, there are so many good books!

    Thanks for the chance to win :)
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  22. Oh, forgot to add, I'm an old follower :)

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  23. I loved The Hunger Games and I am excited for Divergent!

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  24. I'm gonna pass on the giveaway cause I trust your opinion and feel the same way...I absolutely have to connect with the characters to care about what happens to them.

    I'm a fan of The Hunger Games, Brave New World, and Delirium (which really disturbed me.)Must get Matched!

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  25. My favorite dystopia is The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick. It is a YA/Middle grade book set in the future of America. no one writes or reads anymore, until a boy named Spaz meets a man named Ryter.

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  26. It's funny because I remember not connecting so much with Vera and Kai when I was reading, but they've really stuck with me. They are some of the characters that I can remember most vividly from my dystopian months.

    No need to enter me as I have the book already.

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  27. Mary D
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    And while I haven't yet read many dystopians, one of my favorites thus far is Hunger Games, but now I'm pretty curious about the Chaos Walking series and some of the others listed in the comments! :D

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  28. I am a bit disappointed that you did not like the characters in the book, I actually have a copy and was hoping to read it this week, and while I still am knowing that the characters aren't as relatable is a bummer.

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  29. One of my favorite Dystopians is Birthmarked. I thought it was quite different from most other dystopians.

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  30. Love dystopians! Hunger Games is my favorite! LOVED those books! I'm really looking forward to this book.

    +3 for being a old follower. :)

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  31. The Unidentified by Rae Mariz.

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  32. Hey! I am an old follower, love the blog, and thanks for much for this contest!

    I love dystopia ... my favourite would probably be "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"/"The Dead-Tossed Waves" by Carrie Ryan, or "Passage" by Justin Cronin, and of course, "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins! So awesome!

    Thanks for the review! This book has piqued my interest since its first mention on the tubes!

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  33. Some of my favorite dystopian novels/series are The Uglies Series, Chaos Walking Series, The Hunger games, and The Maze Runner. And ones that are coming out that I really want to read are Witer and Delirium.

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  34. Please enter me:)
    goldie-mail(AT)web(DOT)de

    My favourite dystopia is Delirium by Lauren Oliver which comes out Feb 2011. It is such a very good read!

    +3 for being an old follower- Miss Page-Turner

    Thanks for your giveaway:)The Water Wars is on my reading list for 2011!

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  35. On my reading list is wintergirls and matched

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  36. I think my favorite Dystopia is Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I still need to read more though, I love them, but I just don't seem to run across them too much. This one is now on my list though, and I would love to have a copy!

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    Thanks!
    ~Anne

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  37. I would have to say The Hunger Games. I am also looking forward to Matched which I just ordered and should be here in the mail soon!! :D
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    Thanks!!
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  38. I really liked "The Maze Runner" by Daschner.

    I am an old follower.

    Thanks,

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  39. Hm favorite dystopian? I might have to go with The Hunger Games trilogy.

    I'm a new follower (which is weird because I swore I was a follower already.. weird...)

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  40. I have like just about every dystopian I have read. I guess maybe Uglies since that is what got me interested in the whole thing.

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  41. My favorite dystopian book is probably The Giver. I haven't read Brave New World and I heard that one is better... But The Giver was the first dystopian fiction I ever read, and I was hooked after that.

    Thanks for this giveaway!

    hilarystlaurent AT gmail DOT com

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  42. I'm a new follower. Name is Unforgettable.

    My favourite dystopian... hmm, I'm wavering between 1984 and The Giver.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway

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  43. gotta do a throwback to the Giver...it was one of the first books that I really enjoyed :)
    But now, dystopia is pretty much my favorite...The Hunger Games, Wither, and I'm really excited for a new novel called Divergent...looks amazing :)
    thanks for the givaway!

    hense1kk@cmich.edu
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  44. I loved The Hunger Games and The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but my favorite dystopian of all time: 1984!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  45. Ok, my favorites are The Hunger Games and The Giver, but if you are looking for something new I recently started to read The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (not really a new book, just new to me).

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  46. Dystopian is my favorite genre. I really enjoy everything about it. I'll go with my first, The Uglies series.

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    Vivien
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  47. I loved This World We Live In. Great great great book!

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  48. First off, let me say thanks for giving away a copy! I've heard a ton about this book and I've been wanting to read it!

    Hmmm I don't have one favorite Dystopia novel. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games and Across the Universe. Other than that, I have only read a few other titles xD

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    ~Alison
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  49. This one is high on my wish list. I love dystopians! The Passage was my favorite last year. XIV was pretty good too. For a oldie but goodie Farenheit 451 is excellent.

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  50. I'm just beginning to dive into Dystopian, and so far the Hunger Games series is my favorite. I'm looking forward to much more!

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  51. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is my favorite dystopia

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  52. I'm new to dystopian novels. xD The only one I've ever read, besides Matched (which was <3), is The Hunger Games. I'm almost POSITIVE you've read that though. xD

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  53. Definitely "The Dead and the Gone" by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It's the second book in her dystopian series. I'm sure you've already read it though...

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  55. I'm kind of new to the dystopian genre. Out of what I've read, my favorite is the Hunger Games trilogy. I also liked Wither, The Giver, and Matched. I just bought the Chaos Walking trilogy the other day and I'm looking forward to reading that. I hear it's really good!

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  56. Thanks for the great giveaway! My favorite dystopian book is "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

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  57. My first dystopian book was The Giver & I fell in love with it.. Now I love The Hunger Games series!

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  58. thanks for the contest!

    +3 Old follower!!

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  59. My favorite dystopia is the same as everyone else, The Hunger Games - what can I say lol

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  60. My favorite is The Giver.

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  61. Thanks for the giveaway! I LOVE dystopias!
    My all-time favorite dystopia is "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis.

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  62. Thanks for the giveaway! I loved The Hunger Games series and Matched! Although I think I'm leaning towards Matched a little bit more as my favorite dystopia...
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  63. The Giver is my favorite book of all time. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  64. I think classic dystopia has a lot of truth in it, but YA dystopia are so fun to read. 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and Anthem are all really good.

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  65. My favorite dystopia is delirium by laruen oliver! its such a wonderful book!!

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    Lasha
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  66. The Hunger games by Suzanne Collins. thanks
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  67. My favorite Dystopia is definitely the Giver

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  68. I love dystopia books. One of my favorites would have to be Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien.

    +3 old follower.

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  69. I follow with GFC. Username: missreneer :)
    I would have to say my favorite Dystopia is Wither, which I read recently and loved. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  70. I love the genre, but I haven't read enough of it yet. My favorite was definitely the series that got me into dystopia. The Uglies by Scott Westerfield.

    +3 old follower

    Thanks for the contest, Water Wars looks so good!

    Sarah
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