by Paulo Bacigalupi
aquifers, drought, and dust storms in the American Southwest bring out
the worst in people and their politics, allowing gangs and militias to
run rampant, loosely controlled by the remaining city-states. Each city
is struggling not to dry up completely, everyone trying to score enough
water to stay alive for another day.
Angel Velasquez is the Water
Knife in this frighteningly plausible near-future thriller. In a world
where the US states have closed their borders to each other, and water
supplies are dwindling, his job is to make sure Las Vegas gets enough
water, by any means necessary, and usually that means cutting off the
water supplies of other cities and states.
Lucy Monroe is a
journalist in Phoenix, tracking the disintegration of society despite
her sister begging her to come to Vancouver, the promised land, where
water still comes from the sky. She knows the dangers but takes more and
more risks to chase down the stories that powerful people do not want
Maria Villarosa is a migrant from Texas, another desperate
refugee among tens of thousands trying to find a way to a better life.
Her life is a day-to-day struggle against gangs, rich predators, and
water that may cost more per litre than she can make in a week. But
Maria is smart enough to have a plan that just might work.
of a vast new source of water surface, and the three characters' lives
become entwined in a fast-paced mystery as they all race to find the
water and stay ahead of killers trying to make sure they never do.
a frightening story because it feels like it could have been ripped out
of next year's news. Brutal and almost too realistic, it had me on the
edge of my seat from start to finish. This novel will give you a lot to
think about in the real world long after you finish reading.