The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    In a future Southwest, the states of Arizona, Nevada, and fight a border war over water rights and immigration. The “water knife,” Angel, works for Vegas and will stop at nothing to secure water for his boss. A reporter, Lucy, finds that the closer she gets to the truth, the more danger she encounters. Teen orphan Maria gets on the wrong side of the gangster who rules the crumbling remains of Phoenix and takes desperate measures to try to escape from her own personal hell. Their stories converge as each of them tries their own way to survive.

    Evaluation:
    This scary story of people pushed to extremes by drought and water scarcity in a near future American Southwest may prove an apt prediction of our country’s future. Through the fictional future portrayed in The Water Knife, the author shines a light on the ruthless nature of corporate greed, the media’s role in obscuring the truth, and the role of hope in blinding people to the reality of our crumbling world. With echoes of the dust bowl migrants depicted in The Grapes of Wrath and the wild children of Lord of the Flies, The Water Knife exposes the frailty of the thin veneer of civilization and the darkness which emerges within when people find themselves fighting for survival. Best for mature readers, this adult novel should appeal to fans of Bacigalupi’s post-(environmental)-apocalyptic tales.

    Rating: 3.5 stars

    Recommendations: Ship Breaker, The Drowned Cities, Lord of the Flies, Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Road

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