**I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes by the publisher.
I enjoyed Cameron Stracher's The Water Wars. I found the characters to be compelling. As someone who enjoys dystopian literature I thought the concept around this book to be intriguing.
The book is set in the not so distant future. The United States has been torn apart by numerous wars. These wars were focused not on oil, gold or land, but they were due to a shortage of fresh drinking water.
The primary characters are Vera, a 15-year-old girl, and her older brother, Will. Vera meets a mysterious older boy named Kai. Vera and Kai develop a friendship and then Kai disappears. Vera and Will seek to find Kai and bring him home. Along the way they encounter a number of fantastic adventures, develop close friendships and learn much about the world they live in.
Stracher did a pretty good job of developing a futuristic world that is desperately in need of water; at times I actually found myself thirsty. I would have liked to see more character development between Vera and Kai. It would have also been nice if we would have been able to get to know Kai better throughout the story.
Over all I enjoyed the book. While I might not agree with Stracher's political and environmental message it was a good read.