Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Water Wars and Drought

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme held by Jill at Breaking the Spine to feature upcoming books that we can't wait to get our hands on.

This week I'm waiting for two dystopians that will be released in January. They have a related theme so I figured I might as well feature them together. 

Title: The Water Wars
Author: Cameron Stracher
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Release: January 1, 2011

Goodreads Description: Vera and her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments, rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriends Kai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When Kai suddenly disappears, Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search of him-pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group, and greedy corporations. Timely and eerily familiar, acclaimed author Cameron Stracher makes a stunning YA debut that's impossible to forget.

Why am I waiting? I find environmental issues interesting, and the premise of The Water Wars could be a very real possibility in our society someday in the future. It also helps that the cover is gorgeous!

Title: Drought
Author: Pam Bachorz
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Date of Release: January 25, 2011

Goodreads Description: Ruby Prosser dreams of escaping the Congregation and the early-nineteenth century lifestyle that’s been practiced since the community was first enslaved. She plots to escape the vicious Darwin West, his cruel Overseers, and the daily struggle to gather the life-prolonging Water that keeps the Congregants alive and gives Darwin his wealth and power. But if Ruby leaves, the Congregation will die without the secret ingredient that makes the Water special: her blood. So she stays. But when Ruby meets Ford, the new Overseer who seems barely older than herself, her desire for freedom is too strong. He’s sympathetic, irresistible, forbidden—and her only access to the modern world. Escape with Ford would be so simple, but can Ruby risk the terrible price, dooming the only world she’s ever known?

Why am I waiting? After reading the description, I have so many questions, with the most important one being: What is so special about Ruby's blood? I'm looking forward to getting some answers!


  1. I'm waiting for The Water Wars to be released too. Its after all something that can happen in the not-too-distant future unlike other dystopian novel premises. We're already fighting for oil, how much longer till we fight for water.

  2. I really want to read The Water Wars! Looks like we won't have long to wait.

  3. I didn't know YA books on environmental issues are being written! I have a story idea on a similar theme too! Nice pick!
    "Drought" is a new discovery for me!

    here is my pick this week..

  4. I have the Water Wars pre-ordered and cannot wait to get into it. Drought also sounds like my kind of read too. Both are great picks!

  5. Oh, I am dying to read Water Wars! I'm so excited since it's releasing in a few days, I'd grab a copy of it! And I have an ARC of Drought but I haven't gotten around reading it as well. I still have in my TBR pile, but I'm bumping it up my list! Awesome WoW picks this week!

    You can check out my Wow picks for this week HERE

  6. Great picks! Both look great.

  7. I have both of these on my list, they sounds really good and I loved Pam Bachorz first book Candor.

  8. Hey !! I'm a new follower !! These books seem really great !! I can't wait to have The Water Wars between my hands (I love the cover) !! Happy reading !! Here's my WoW if you'd like to take a look at it : !!

  9. A superb pick! It looks really intereasting. Happy Reading :)
    Check out what I'm Waiting On Wednesday

    Mia @GrippedintoBooks

  10. Both great choices!!! I'm really looking forward to these two, and I love that you paired Water Wars with a book titled Drought:)

  11. I've been looking forward to Water Wars, Drought is new to me and looks good too.

    Our WOW pick is at BookSake.

  12. The Water Wars is my pick this week, too! I guess great minds think alike. And that cover is awesome! I've heard lots about drought, too, so I'm gonna have to be on the lookout for it as well. Thanks for great picks!

  13. They both sound great. The second book sounds amazing. :) Great two picks.

  14. Drought looks excellent! Thanks for putting that on my radar :)

    Emma @girl loves books

  15. Anonymous1:10 pm

    Shadows of a Down East Summer: An Antique Print Mystery
    By Lea Wait
    Publication date: April 1, 2011

    In the summer of 1890, two young women posed for artist Winslow Homer on the coast of Maine. What happened that summer, the secrets the women kept, and the lies they told, changed their families forever. Now, more than a hundred years later, one of their descendants has been murdered, leaving to antique print dealer Maggie Summer the family papers that may finally reveal the truth. Maggie's vision of a relaxing vacation in Maine- antiquing with beau Will Brewer and visiting his Aunt Nettie- turns into a murder investigation. Maggie must discover which of the family myths are based on reality, before someone she cares about becomes the next victim. With the centennial of Homer's death in 2010, there is renewed interest in his work and in the renovation of his studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, where some of the novel's action takes place.

  16. Great pick! I've been looking forward to The Water Wars, too. The cover's amazing.

  17. I like the sound of The Water Wars for the same reason you list - that it's a dystopian premise with real possibility in a not-so-distant future! Water will only continue to become a more and more precious commodity so I'm interested to see how this book explores that.

  18. The Water Wars is on my list, too. There are a lot of promising YA dystopian books I'm looking forward to in 2011.


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