Sunday, August 11, 2013

Aquifer - Johnathan Friesen

Publisher:  Blink (August 6, 2013)
Pages: 304
Source: Purchased
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

From Goodreads:
Only he can bring what they need to survive...

In 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. And they’ll do anything to maintain their power – deceiving, dividing families, banning love... even killing those who oppose them.

But above all, they seek to control knowledge and communication – ensuring the truth that will bring their downfall will never be known. But one person verges on discovering it all.

Sixteen-year-old Luca becomes the Deliverer, the only one allowed to contact the people called ‘Water Rats,’ who mine the essential water deep underground and bring it to the ‘Toppers’ who desperately need it above. 

But when he meets a Water Rat who captures his heart and leads him to secrets – secrets about a vast conspiracy, and about himself – the net around him tightens. Luca and those around him must uncover and share the truth needed to overthrow tyranny – even as they fight for their lives.

My Thoughts
Once I started this book I had trouble putting it down.  The only reason I did was because I was sick and had to go to bed.  I spent today in bed finishing the book.  The worlds the author created were very fascinating.  The Toppers lived in a deprived world.  Deprived of any free thought, deprived of emotions.  Lucas thought he was cursed as the son of the Deliverer, and the next in line to carry on the duties.

When forced to go underground to perform the duties his father has performed he finds a world completely different from what he has been led to believe actually exists.  He soon finds out that not everything is as beautiful as it seems and that the underground world holds just as many secrets.  These are secrets that set Lucas on a predestined path to help change the world.  This was an allegorical read.  It was one that has stayed with me all day and one that I believe  I should recommend to everyone.

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