Monday, August 5, 2013

Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen

Oh, I love a good young adult science fiction novel! And this book was certainly a page turner!

In the year 2250, there is only one lake bed known to still be in existence and it is underground. Once a year, Luca's father, the Deliverer, travels to the "Rats" below the city to make an exchange. This exchange ensures that the people who live above ground will have fresh water to drink for the rest of the year. Only the Deliverer is trusted with the perilous route to the Rats below, and he alone is the only one who will ever know, except for his descendants who will one day take his place.

Once Luca turns 16 years old, he learns that his time has come for him to take on the responsibilities of the Deliverer. His father failed to return from the exchange. The Deliverer knows the route forwards and backwards. Luca knows that it is impossible for his father to lose his way. Something is wrong.

Luca must face the truth that he has been lied to his whole life. The powerful Nine have been deceiving everyone. To find the answers that he needs, he will have to descend underground to the rats. He has known the route his whole life, but it suddenly seems more more menacing. Will Luca be able to descend and save the world before it's too late?

I loved this book from the very beginning! Much like many other YA fiction reads, the future is a messed up, dystopian society. I think these types of books are interesting because: a) we have not really experienced anything like this, so reading a story like this is good food for thought, and b) because I don't think our future is really so different from some of these themes. I really enjoyed this book, and I think it would be a fun book to discuss in a group setting.

I rate this book as 5 stars. I received this book for free from Zondervan to give my honest unbiased opinion.

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