Aquifer    -     By: Jonathan Friesen
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Aquifer

Zondervan / 2013 / Hardcover

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In the year 2250, a ruling class controls the entire world by controlling the only source of hydration, buried deep underground---and they also control the flow of knowledge. While the Wise Ones can monitor the Topper world above and the "Water Rat" mines below, there's one boy they can't watch, and he has the passion and knowledge to find a crucial prophecy and potentially change the world...

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 1.10 X 6.10 X 11.10 (inches)
ISBN: 0310731828
ISBN-13: 9780310731825
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Publisher's Description

Only He Can Bring What They Need to Survive.

In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world’s fresh water. But he has learned the true control rests with the Council aboveground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and which has forbidden all emotion and art in the name of keeping the peace. And this Council has broken his father’s spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart.

 

But when Luca’s father goes missing, everything shifts. Luca is forced underground, and discovers secrets, lies, and mysteries that cause him to reevaluate who he is and the world he serves. Together with his friends and a very alluring girl, Luca seeks to free his people and the Rats from the Council’s control. But Luca’s mission is not without struggle and loss, as his desire to uncover the truth could have greater consequences than he ever imagined.

Author Bio

Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, Jerk, California, received the ALA Schneider Award. When he’s not writing, speaking at schools, or teaching, Jonathan loves to travel and hang out with his wife and three kids.

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  1. Ryley G
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good, but lacking
    February 6, 2014
    Ryley G
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Here is the book synopsis, before I give my review.

    Only he can bring what they need to survive. In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world's fresh water. But he has learned the true control rests with the Council aboveground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and which has forbidden all emotion and art in the name of keeping the peace. And this Council has broken his father's spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart. But when Luca's father goes missing, everything shifts. Luca is forced underground, and discovers secrets, lies, and mysteries that cause him to reevaluate who he is and the world he serves. Together with his friends and a very alluring girl, Luca seeks to free his people and the Rats from the Council's control. But Luca's mission is not without struggle and loss, as his desire to uncover the truth could have greater consequences than he ever imagined.

    Now, on to my review.

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I really love many of the dystopian type books out right now, so I really liked this book because of fact, however, it still had a different feel to it than the usual dystopian books. Overall, I would give it 3 stars out of a possible 5.

    While the storyline started out really strong, I found that it was lacking some of the details that would have helped me better understand the settings and appearances of the characters. After a few chapters, I began to lose interest. I stuck it out though, to see if things got any better. There were some parts that seemed to drag on and while the synopsis suggested that this would be a little more heartwarming, it just seemed a little typical and predictable. Many of the background characters were a little too two-dimensional for my liking and the plot had many holes. The element of romance between some of the characters (not naming names!) seemed a little more subtle than I was used to for dystopian books, but I didn't find it too lack-lustre.

    I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get into it fully. The storyline was shallow and at times uninteresting.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers Gold Review Program. I received the book in exchange for a honest review, either positive or negative. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. One Day at a Time
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Fast read
    February 5, 2014
    One Day at a Time
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The dystopian genre seems to be all the rage, and this book follows right along with it! While certain aspects may not be up to par (writing details/structure are somewhat lacking), if you're looking for a fast read in this genre, you'll want to make sure to take the time to check out this book!
  3. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Science Fiction Action Adventure Thriller
    December 22, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jonathan Friesen in his new book, "Aquifer" published by Blink introduces us to Luca.

    From the back cover: Only He Can Bring What They Need to Survive.

    In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world's fresh water. But he has learned the true control rests with the Council aboveground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and which has forbidden all emotion and art in the name of keeping the peace. And this Council has broken his father's spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart.

    But when Luca's father goes missing, everything shifts. Luca is forced underground, and discovers secrets, lies, and mysteries that cause him to reevaluate who he is and the world he serves. Together with his friends and a very alluring girl, Luca seeks to free his people and the Rats from the Council's control. But Luca's mission is not without struggle and loss, as his desire to uncover the truth could have greater consequences than he ever imagined.

    The quest is on. Luca's father is missing and now Luca must not only find him but also deal with the subterranean group called the "rats" for another year's worth of water. I think this is great Science Fiction. The theme of society is played out with those above, who need the water, those below, who supply the water and the one person with direct contact with both levels. Since the link between the two societies is vital why is someone trying to kill Luca and made his father go missing? Watching the story all play out as Luca has to stay alive, bring the light to the "rats" to ensure there is water for another year and, also, find his father. "Aquifer" is full of twists and turns just like the path from the surface down below. Luca is a warm and likable character and we get engaged in his life. This is an exciting book, extremely well paced and highly thought provoking.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Blink through the BookSneeze.book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Nicki
    Missouri, Mo
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not What I was Hoping For
    December 17, 2013
    Nicki
    Missouri, Mo
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    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 father's 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.
  5. Samantha Coville
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Next Big Thing in YA
    December 4, 2013
    Samantha Coville
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 world's only drinkable water resides. But what else is living in the deep dark?

    This was a blast to read. It's a mix of YA and middle grade fiction that somehow works and makes it readable for all ages. It's a great family book that I think the whole family would enjoy. Mystical lands and unknown powers come into play as Luca's past unfolds and the world of emotionless, waterless people becomes so intricate and unique that you're just pulled in. Once you start, you can't stop. It's new and original in a way I hadn't thought possible.

    Some twists are a bit easy to spot ahead of time but others come out of nowhere so it's 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 it's got a great life lesson to learn and ideas and thoughts to delve into and cherish.

    If you're 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 won't be able to step away once you've reached a certain point. And you won't feel bad about the time spent on it afterward. Five drops of water out of five!
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