I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. Doing so does not sway my judgment in any way.
Going into this book, I was a little skeptical. The overly bad-ass heroine and the wannabe bad-ass hero together trying to make it through hell without getting killed. There was even a point that I stopped reading and went to the prequel to get some more info. I came back, and low and behold, this book really took off from there on. The chemistry that wasn't there at the beginning seemed to suddenly click and the story itself took us from the savaged humdrum of post-apocalyptic life to something more.
Vee is pretty bad ass, but her character isn't one of those sissy girls that suddenly becomes that way, but she seems to have always had a bit of a tough side to her and knows how to stand her ground. Zach has been wanting to reach out further to her, in a personal way, but was unsure of how to go about it. I mean, they're not thinking about prom night anymore but instead knowing every step they take can make or break their small band of deserters.
The author has come up with an ingenious and well thought out crisis. The world takes water for granted and we know we can live so many days without food, but not without water. Just the other day I was thinking about the water cycle and wondering just how, with all the human consumption and with all the other things we use water in and for, how does the cycle even come close to coming full circle?
The beginning of the book is a little, excuse the pun, dry, but come about 25% into the book and you start learning more about the group they are in and how they start to understand that the attraction they are feeling is mutual. Unlike some dystopia books, where they fight it off because life is so crappy, they actually embrace it and it's great seeing love blossom in a world where it would be so easy to shut it out.
There is action, adventure, loss, hope, romance, deception and triumphs all mixed into this book. Anyone who likes the dystopian genre would find this a great read and happily add it to their collection. I do recommend it for those ages 16+ due to some situations in the story itself.