I first fell in love with Amber Garr’s work through another blog tour of her YA trilogy, The Syrenka Series, so that when I saw she’s got an NA book coming out (we are all about NA these days, it seems), I had to jump onto the bandwagon! So here we are… Enjoy this post & don’t forget to visit the other stops & enter the giveaway 🙂
A new adult dystopian by Amber Garr.
“Fantastic storyline and characters”
“Hooked from the beginning”
“Intense and intriguing”
“Another stay up all night read by Amber Garr”
Dying of thirst is the new reality.
Five years after the last drop of clean water disappeared, global societies collapsed and nuclear war shattered all hope of recovery. In a place now only a skeleton of its former self, survivors fight to avoid capture by the government. Forced to work in factories that produce the only drinking water available, those who go in, never come out.Zach and Vivienne have lived as deserters since they were teenagers. Fighting amongst their own and scrounging for the necessities of life, they’ve learned to rely on each other in every way. Yet when tragedy strikes and the true objectives of the government facility are revealed, their world is ripped apart.A fate once thought to hold their demise may be the sole answer to their survival. Who can they trust? Who can they believe?
In this life, it pays to be waterproof.
Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of Waterproof, The Syrenka Series, The Leila Marx Novels, and the upcoming Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.
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Review (4 stars)
The concept of Waterproof really piqued my interest. What would we do without water? Living in Australia with water restrictions and especially now that we are coming up to the hot summer months, we really do have to be strict with our water usages: limit our shower time, only water the garden at certain appointed times during the week (limitation guided by councils), etc. Hence, this is an issue that is always on the forefront of Australian concerns.
The opening of the book was explosive and I immediately found the 2 MC, Zach & Viviene, to be endearing. Viviene is magnificently bad-ass –a sword wielding one, and is absolutely protective of Zach. (can’t get any hotter than that!) Zach isn’t completely helpless but the way he admired Viviene’s ‘bad-ness’ and the way he interacted with her warms my heart. The relationship between them was like a beacon of light, pure & innocent, in a darkly sinister world and it was a great foil / contrast in such a hopeless situation.
The science part of the book, I thought, could be a bit over the top (and at times, it just went over my head) that I was really sceptical about it. Although, Amber is the scientist here whilst if I see / hear science, I’d run the opposite direction, so I suppose, it’s got its potential for possibility.
I find that things are never what it seems when it comes to Amber Garr’s books. With Waterproof, every time I thought we’re heading in the right direction, we were off track and again and again until it ended with a cliffhanger! I can’t wait for the next instalment for this dark tale.
As you probably already know, I work as a scientist in my other life. Over the years, my research has often focused on the conservation and restoration of aquatic species. And a lot of that time, their issues have stemmed from contaminated water or excess pollution in the environment.
For several years, I’ve wanted to write a book about what would happen to the world when humans began fighting over drinking water. And I say began, but really, it has already begun. Do you know you have to purchase water rights in some states out west when you buy property?
Have you ever experienced water restrictions in your neighborhood? Or did you know that several countries are already considered water-stressed?
It’s happening, and just to show you how scary it is, here are some facts to
1) 1 billion people currently don’t have access to clean drinking water.
2) 3.4 million people die from water related diseases each year.
3) By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in a water-stressed county.
4) An American taking a 5 minute shower uses more water than the average person living in a developing country uses in an entire day.
5) Over 260 river basins are shared by two or more countries without adequate legal or
institutional arrangements regarding water utilization.
6) By 2020, California will face a water shortage as great as the amount they consume today.
Worried yet? I know I am. So anyway…back to Waterproof. What will happen when the water disappears? How will society react? What unique science may evolve out of this type of tragedy? All questions I’ve asked myself for years and then had a chance to answer (or hint at) in this book.
I also wanted to highlight the idea of friendship and romance rising up out of the chaos. At a time when the survivors have to fight for every second of their life, I thought it would be nice for them to find some type of comfort in their closest friends. No time for love triangles or petty games when you’re being hunted! So as you read this book and start thinking more about the water shortages (as I did!), check out these sites to see what little things you can do so that some day we aren’t deserters running for our lives!
*Sources: www.water.org; www.worldwatercouncil.org; www.fao.org