Not What I was Hoping For
Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen had an action plot with lots of suspense. In the year 2250, water is scarce, with no water on the surface and rain fall is rare. But there is one large source of water left in the whole world: the Aquifer underground in Australia. and those who control it are people called Rats that are said to be rat-like and horrific from crawling underground for so long to work the Aquifer.
Luca is the son of the Deliverer: a descendant from a long line of delivers who descend underground to trade light rods once a year with the Rats. It is a fair trade since the only thing the Rats need that they don't have is light and the only thing the toppers need is water. Luca though dreads the time he will have to take his fathers place and descend underground to the Rats. What's worse the world of the toppers are patrolled by a group called the Amougus which are controlled by the council of nine, has forbidden all emotion to keep peace. An emotionless world has created hardly any crimes. But the price was to much. If anyone were to show any love or just a smile they could be severely punished, or to be undone. And this Council has broken his fatherÃ¢ÂÂs spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart. When he turns 16 his father disappears after he goes to descend and he himself is also suddenly in danger. With his group of new found friends he is forced underground to hide and discovers secrets, lies, and mysteries that cause him to reevaluate who he is and the world he serves.
This was an interesting book that kept me guessing on what was going to happen next. Though some parts I found to be very exciting while others bored me to death. I found parts of it very confusing, and Luca's romance I felt went too fast; The two of them knew nothing about each other and yet she was ready to leave everything she knew behind because she trusted him so much. But the biggest let down of the whole book was the ending. It was defiantly not what I had expected and was not that great. With this plot I felt the author could have done so much better.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. The opinions are my own.
December 17, 2013
The Next Big Thing in YA
He has known all his life that the directions in his head make him different. He knows how to make his way through a world that others can only dream of. And when people begin to die for those directions and what they can unlock, Luca is pushed into the dark underground where the worldÃ¢ÂÂs only drinkable water resides. But what else is living in the deep dark?
This was a blast to read. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a mix of YA and middle grade fiction that somehow works and makes it readable for all ages. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a great family book that I think the whole family would enjoy. Mystical lands and unknown powers come into play as LucaÃ¢ÂÂs past unfolds and the world of emotionless, waterless people becomes so intricate and unique that youÃ¢ÂÂre just pulled in. Once you start, you canÃ¢ÂÂt stop. ItÃ¢ÂÂs new and original in a way I hadnÃ¢ÂÂt thought possible.
Some twists are a bit easy to spot ahead of time but others come out of nowhere so itÃ¢ÂÂs not too bad a fault in the book. Also, there is some violence and some horrible events that occur that could be harsh for some. But itÃ¢ÂÂs got a great life lesson to learn and ideas and thoughts to delve into and cherish.
If youÃ¢ÂÂre looking for the next big thing in YA dystopian, look no further. Those other best sellers need to watch out because Luca is coming! Clear your schedule because you wonÃ¢ÂÂt be able to step away once youÃ¢ÂÂve reached a certain point. And you wonÃ¢ÂÂt feel bad about the time spent on it afterward. Five drops of water out of five!
December 4, 2013
Excerpt (back of the book :-) ):
Ã¢ÂÂWe are often reminded how peaceful our world has become, a world without a police force or prison, where crimes and uprisings have nearly disappeared. But weÃ¢ÂÂve paid a price. The emotional root of all conflictÃ¢ÂÂfear, anger, love, especially loveÃ¢ÂÂis prohibited. The goal of our schooling is to master a life of total self-control. A life without wrinkles, without feeling, without soul. The exercises in school are endless.
But in truth, for most, theyÃ¢ÂÂre no longer needed. Generations of life in an emotion-neutral world have bred these dangerous urges out.
Why do I still feel them so strongly?
I am not a huge fan of fantasy books, but this one was amazing! Aquifer is full of Christian morals and is a book that makes you think. It is written as if Luca is writing in his own diary, so you know only what Luca knows, you discover what he discovers, and really, you feel like you are Luca as you read through the story.
The storyline was fantastic and so were the subplots. Nothing was predictable and it had a great ending. The only negative thing I have to say about it, is that I had a little trouble understanding what they called everyone, like instead of saying this person was killed, you were to say that they were Ã¢ÂÂundoneÃ¢ÂÂ, or instead of saying this person was 11 years old, they were simply called an Ã¢ÂÂElevenÃ¢ÂÂ. So it took me a minute to figure those things out, but once I did, the rest of the book flowed smoothly.
As for action, there was quite a bit towards the end, and some of it graphic, but not horrible. Nothing sexual in it either, except one kiss at the very end and holding hands (if you classify that as sexualÃ¢ÂÂ¦). This is a Christian book, so there was also absolutely no cussing or any other bad language.
I highly recommend this book to all my friends and acquaintances!
Ã¢ÂÂI received this book from Book Sneeze/Thomas Nelson for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.Ã¢ÂÂ
November 20, 2013
IÃ¢ÂÂve begun read dystopian novels- IÃ¢ÂÂm not sure why, but theyÃ¢ÂÂve been appealing to me of late. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs why I was willing to take a chance on Aquifer, even though IÃ¢ÂÂd never read any previous books by the author. I was a bit surprised to find a small hardcover book in the mail, not much longer than a novella (it was under 300 pages), but I picked it up with an open mind.
The thing about Aquifer is there is nothing reallyÃ¢ÂÂ¦real about it. I never felt like I got to know all of the secondary characters, or even Luca himself; they all seemed a little one-dimensional to me. Also, I found parts of it very confusing. Something would be described, and I just couldnÃ¢ÂÂt wrap my mind around the picture the words made; it wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt make sense to me. I found the futuristic society a little hard to understand as well. I never got interested or drawn into the story; I didnÃ¢ÂÂt hate it, but my emotions never got involved. Also, the romance moved unbelievably fast. The two of them knew nothing about each other, and the girl was ready to completely leave her family to help him. So Aquifer is not really one I'd recommend, not because it was bad, but because there are better things out there.
I received this book for free from booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.
November 14, 2013