Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen

  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 his father's place, but didn't believe it would be so soon.  His father doesn't return from his journey and Luca starts to question what he believes to be true.  Along with an unlikely group of friends, he retreats underground to make the journey himself to find out what has happened.  What he discovers will change everything as he tries to save both worlds.

I haven't read much dystopian fiction yet, except mainly the Hunger Games, which I loved, and I find this genre fascinating.  I really enjoyed this story and thought the author did a good job of making me sympathize with Luca and really, all of humanity for the type of world they live in.  There was a lot of action as someone always seemed to be after Luca and his group and some sadness, but there are also happy moments and ultimately, the story is filled with hope.  There's a bit of a spiritual side to the story, which I enjoyed and would have liked to see more of.  This is geared toward young adults, but I think any adult would enjoy this if they like unique stories, especially along the lines of the Hunger Games.

I received a free ARC copy from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.

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