AQUIFER by Jonathan Friesen REVIEWED

By Jonathan Friesen
Published by Harper Collins Publishing
272 Pages

Book Cover: Only He Can Bring What They Needed 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 Paki (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. Paki and those around him must uncover and share the truth needed to overthrow tyranny---even as they fight for their lives.

Review: I received a review copy of this book that introduced me to Jonathan Friesen and his new novel.  It also introduced me to 16 year old Luca, the son of the Deliverer.

The year is 2250 where drinkable water is hard to find, expressing emotions are forbidden along with any type of art form. This was controlled in order to keep peace in the world.  The people who control the water control the world. Luca is in line to take over his father’s job as the Deliverer. He and his dad struggle with feelings that want to rule their heart as they fight to not express these emotions. Luca takes over his father’s sooner than expected thus begins the adventure in this unique world and situation. Lucas soon discovers he can’t trust anyone on this action filled journey. There are surprised for the reader and Luca as he seeks to find peace in his heart and freedom for his live and for others.

This is a dystopian type story I struggled to get into. Read the beginning a few times to get a grasp of the situation and understand of this new world. It was confusing and fuzzy to me don’t know that I fully got it. I haven’t read a dystopian story before so maybe it’s just me. The story did get more interesting as it went on. I grew to care about the main character. This is the first book in a new youth fiction series.

Nora St.Laurent
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