I received a copy of AQUIFER by Jonathan Friesen from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. I was thrilled at the chance to read it, as I’d seen the book in Barnes and Noble, and fell in love with it. The cover caught my attention first – you can feel the raised bubbles – and the synopsis stole me away. Water is scarce and those who control it are in charge. It sounded like a great futuristic young adult novel. Then, a friend recommended I read it. She’s obsessed with dystopian stories so she reads a lot of them, but she only tells me about the winners.
So, there I was, with a copy of the book in hand. I was gripped from the prologue forward. The action was nonstop, mixed in with mystery, and the characters were riveting. The only downside I found involved the descriptions. At times, I had trouble picturing what was going on. Since this was a whole new “world,” I would have liked to be immersed more. The first part of the story did set the stage well – I must admit, it did drag at times – but I couldn’t picture the setting or the characters, or what exactly they looked like.
I recommend this to dystopian fans, and I will definitely look for more of his work.