Book Review: “Aquifer” by Jonathan Friesen

December 22, 2013 at 8:02 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Jonathan Friesen in his new book, “Aquifer book coverAquifer” published by Blink introduces us to Luca.

From the back cover:  Only He Can Bring What They Need to Survive.

In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world’s fresh water. But he has learned the true control rests with the Council aboveground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and which has forbidden all emotion and art in the name of keeping the peace. And this Council has broken his father’s spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart.

But when Luca’s father goes missing, everything shifts. Luca is forced underground, and discovers secrets, lies, and mysteries that cause him to reevaluate who he is and the world he serves. Together with his friends and a very alluring girl, Luca seeks to free his people and the Rats from the Council’s control. But Luca’s mission is not without struggle and loss, as his desire to uncover the truth could have greater consequences than he ever imagined.

The quest is on.  Luca’s father is missing and now Luca must not only find him but also deal with the subterranean group called the “rats” for another year’s worth of water.    I think this is great Science Fiction.  The theme of society is played out with those above, who need the water, those below, who supply the water and the one person with direct contact with both levels.  Since the link between the two societies is vital why is someone trying to kill Luca and made his father go missing?  Watching the story all play out as Luca has to stay alive, bring the light to the “rats” to ensure there is water for another year and, also, find his father.  “Aquifer” is full of twists and turns just like the path from the surface down below.  Luca is a warm and likable character and we get engaged in his life.  This is an exciting book, extremely well paced and highly thought provoking.

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