The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Colorado River has begun to dry up and this has caused Nevada, Arizona and California to be constantly fighting about water rights. These fights take place in the courts, but also violently in person. Angel is known as a Water Knife. He uses his skills in multiple ways, some of which leave his targets dead. Angel is sent to Phoenix to investigate claims of a water source that will change everything. As bodies pile up and additional players are introduced, the story moves faster than the river everyone is fighting about.
The Water Knife is a new book for adults that many teens will pick up and devour. The story itself is great and the plot moves along nicely, but three-quarters of the way through the book there is an unnecessarily graphic sex scene. I don’t know if the author put it there to ensure an “adult genre,” but it just felt staged and out of place in this otherwise great action-adventure story. I won’t reduce my rating since these couple of pages were easy to skim over to get back to the real story in my hands. A strong read that was well worth my time.
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