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With that said, a star was lost in my rating because of the confusion resulting from going back and forth between Zack and Vee. Sometimes I had to remind myself by going back a few pages as to which of the characters I was channeling. We get the pleasure of living the action first through one character then all over again through the other. I found myself skimming the 'second' version of the action. Otherwise, the story is an interesting concept and had great potential.
I want this book to be made into a movie, and I want Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Zach while I play Vee.
Water...every drop is precious. Imagine living in a world where a bottle of pure water is more precious than a human life. Nuclear war has ravaged the planet to the point where rain stings, animals have died off, plants have died off, and people fight a government that wants to round up all "deserters" to make them work in the factory. But that work is not quite what it seems....
Garr is a masterful writer. She here put together a work that is stark, gripping, exciting in a macabre way, and will make readers shudder at the plausibility of the world presented. Stunning emotion, breath-taking action, heartbreaking scenes...this book is amazingly well done. Let's just say it had me dwelling more than a little bit on a post-nuclear war plan...
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this book a 4.
Heart thumping. Riveting. Terrifying. All these words and more describe Waterproof by Amber Garr. Imagine you live in a world that has been decimated by nuclear war, famine, and people struggling against one another in a desperate struggle to survive. Survive just one more day, so that you just might survive the next, and so on.
Zach and Vee were high schoolers until the nukes rained down. Now they are deserters, people who have refused to acquiesce to the governmental draft to serve two years doing hard labor in the "factories". No one knows for sure what happens in the factories. All they know is that those who go in never come out. They don't want to go in.
They are also not sure how they feel about one another, and don't figure this out until it is very nearly too late....or is it?
Waterproof is a book that broke my heart, made me want to puke, made me pump my fist in exhilaration, and shudder....all in the same chapter. Well-written settings that made me feel as though I was part of the action pulled me into the scenes. A riveting fast-paced plot grabbed me by the seat of the pants until I did not want to quit reading. Let's just say I stayed glued to this book for a bit and lost more than a little sleep because I had to know what was going to happen.
I'm not kidding about wanting this to be a screenplay: director = Joss Whedon. Zach = Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Vivienne = me (what, I've done some screen acting!). Yes it is a dystopian future in a media world where those are becoming more popular, but this one has a ring to it that is just plain terrifying: I could see it happening.
Okay, maybe not this exact scenario of course (somehow I feel like the science is a little off in the end), but something eerily similar. It is easy to sit back and say that we'd never kill anyone, but what if we were in a post-nuclear existence where all water in rivers/oceans/rain was contaminated with nuclear fallout and the only pure water was that which was pure and bottled before the nukes fell? Can you honestly tell me you wouldn't kill another for such a precious commodity?
It terrifies me to think just how plausible this freaky future may be.
Anyways, this book is haunting. The characters are very real, have their own distinct voices (this is very important to me), and made me want to hug and slap them at the appropriate moments. Something just isn't right about some of them, and it makes me want to read the next one.
Oh yeah, this clearly is not a stand-alone book. It kind of cliffhangs. *&!@#$
Also, it is told in a way that bounces back and forth between Zach and Vee's viewpoints. Garr is really good at this - it is never confusing who is speaking. I rather liked being able to crawl inside each of their heads and get a fairly good idea of what was going on at any given time by seeing it though two perspectives. After Zach and Vee are separated (oh, c'mon...I'm not spoiling to much - you know they get separated if you watch the book trailer), we get to see what is happening on both sides of the story. I love this!
This is kind of Hunger Games meets "Book of Eli" meets "Legion". Dystopian. Love. Water. Fight.
The Bugly (bad/ugly)
Okay, you might have noticed this section has been remarkably short in most of my recent reviews. I'm not going soft, I swear - the books I've been reading lately just haven't given me much to complain about. The same is true here.
There are two things that bugged me:
1) I HATE cliff hanger endings. I'll give that this one was done fairly well, but I was more than a little annoyed when my Kindle said "99% complete" and I KNEW the story wasn't anywhere close to finishing.
2) The wonky science here bothered me - if an entire land is plagued by radioactive fall out and such, wouldn't the people have radiation poisoning of some sort? Also, I'm sure the animals mentioned would take MUCH longer to stop showing signs of radiation poisoning and still be unsafe to eat (if the species even survived in the first place). The people here didn't seem to, and this did bother me. A certain medical thing near the end bugged me a bit to, simply because I think it was made up....but so long as it remains consistent throughout the story I will let it go. :P
READ THIS BOOK....AND THEN DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO HELP HUMANITY AVOID SUCH AN AWFUL FATE.
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So I was looking forward to an adult post apocalyptic/dystopian type romance. I found one in Waterproof. This book was jam packed with suspense, action and freaking frustrating romance.
Water, something that we take for granted but something so vital is like the greatest commodity and Viv and Zach along with some pretty amazing characters are fighting for their lives. Viv is a fighter and Zach doesn't try to lead Viv ..they stand right beside each other. The romance was beautiful.
Best friend to lovers but, of course in this type of story you know it's gonna be a painful road to any kind of happiness. I did enjoy it though because I knew going in these aren't rainbows and jelly beans types of reads. I found that the love story though really was tragically beautiful and I loved the scenes between Viv and Zach.
“I love you,”
I said between breaths and kisses.
Zach’s hands pulled through my hair, rough enough to yank me back, but gentle enough for me to know this was part of the game. “I’ve wanted this to happen for so long,” he said.
So many emotional moments and a whole lot of suspense kept this story entertaining and at the same time very frustrating. I wanted to scream so many times but I kept flipping pages. I knew by 80% there was no way we were going to get a HEA or even an HFN. I sighed...but I still was hopeful.
But alas, the book gods were not listening. I am accepting it now but I still felt like this for a little while
Then I got over it. I know thse two belong together and I'm actually pretty excited to see them kick some more ass. Thanks Amber for keeping me on the edge of my seat and all the nail biting and frayed nerves.
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