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The Water Thief Paperback – April 23, 2012
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Winner of the Kirkus Star and Kirkus "Best of 2012"
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"A powerful saga that deserves to be in every school and debated by any who question authority and elements of freedom in society." - Midwest Book Review
About the Author
He graduated from Clark University with Bachelors' Degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, and began publishing award winning essays on politics and the social sciences.
He was represented by the Donald Maass Literary agency for 5 years, and currently teaches a weekly workshop called "The Business and Craft of writing", helping writers to hone their skills, improve their work, and get an agent.
His latest book, The Water Thief, is a near future dystopian novel about a man trying to find his place in a world conquered by corporations, and was awarded The Kirkus Star in May of 2012.
Nicholas lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed 1984 and this book is in the same style, but more readable and shorter. I liked the detailed explanation of the world order, believable characters that either do or do not fit in the order, and the ending that keeps you wondering. Great book, would recommend it!
This is all by way of a preface to the rise of a new harbinger of what awaits us in the not-too-distant future. Nicholas Lamar Soutter's book The Water Thief depicts a world where Gordon Gekko's dream has come true: a neo-feudal world where deregulation has empowered big business, where small government has devolved into no government, and serf-citizens are held in bondage for life to the corporations. It is a world where nothing comes for free, not education nor the exchange of ideas, not water nor air. A dystopian novel this certainly is, but you couldn't call it science fiction, simply because its premise is already rooted in the here and now, and the signs of what we can expect in years to come are already clearly marked.
The protagonist Charles Thatcher is immediately likeable because he represents so many of us. He's a small cog spinning in a large, complex wheel. He's decent. He's disillusioned. We can relate to his confusion, his sense that there is something terribly wrong, if only he could figure out what it is. That is the insidious nature of The System: it creeps up on an unsuspecting society that is preoccupied with earning a living, paying off its student debt and trying to save for retirement before the age of eighty-five.Read more ›
After Battle Royale of Koushun Takami in 1999, the standard of dystopian literature took a deep plunge. With the release of the The Hunger Games trilogy, the quality of such works reached an all time low. The success of such books also make us wonder whether we are going through 'The Twilight' of dystopian fiction.
The Water Thief by Nicholas Lamar Soutter is a fresh relief. The plot is simple, and it takes us through the monotonous life of Charles Thatcher, an employee of a corporate giant, which controls almost every business. Every aspect of life is measured in 'caps' (or money), which warns us of a near future when clean water and air will be charged. Charles meets a woman, and she helps him to see through the corruption and greed, and makes him think of a free life. The culmination of the events is quite unexpected, and also difficult to guess. I would say that it was quite a cliffhanger.
But the distintive aspect of this book is the themes of business, corruption, greed, freedom and human life, which is explained quite in detail by the author. It can get quite complicated at sometimes, and I had to turn back the pages and read again. But this aspect of the book is what makes it stand out amongst such similar works.
Like I said before, the ending is quite unexpected. After watching Inception, I left the theatre with a heavy heart, trying to guess whether it was all a dream or reality.Read more ›
In the bleak future of "The Water Thief," corporations or Corps run everything and the Leviathian known as government has been destroyed. Everything is up for sale, and if one is to survive Creds must be paid to purchase everything, even air and water. Everyone carries a badge that keeps track of their credits or "Creds." The badges are also a way for the corporations to track a person's every movement and keep track of licenses, such as if one desires to smoke, a license must be purchased and kept up to date. Parents sell their children to the Corps for their futures. So from the day you are sold you owe the Corp everything.
Charles Thatcher is a mere cog in the corporate wheel, he is a Mid-Con, which is pretty much equal to the middle class.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Must read for everyone who is cognizant of how corporations are taking away our government dollar by dollar.Published 3 months ago by Kathy Motley
Interesting concepts about a possible future where everything has a price, even water, and each person is owned by a corporate entity. Can this be us in the near future? Read morePublished 3 months ago by janet r.
When I read a Theodore Sturgeon story, he completely leads me to the outcome without having to spell it out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Moss Bliss
I'm 50 pages in and hooked into the story. It reminds me of Brave New World.Published 3 months ago by Muffy the Spiderslayer
Provocative view of a dystopian future that might be just over the horizon.Published 4 months ago by Philip Althouse
This book is the perfect rebuttal to Atlas Shrugged, pointing out the end result of unregulated capitalism. Read morePublished 4 months ago by QueenBilleen
Watered down and rushed ending. Nothing new to say that has not already been said.Published 4 months ago by ibite