Thursday, 3 October 2013

Waterproof by Amber Garr Blog Tour and Review!

A new adult dystopian by Amber Garr.
"Fantastic storyline and characters"
"Hooked from the beginning"
"Intense and intriguing"
"Another stay up all night read by Amber Garr"
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Dying of thirst is the new reality.

Five years after the last drop of clean water disappeared, global societies collapsed and nuclear war shattered all hope of recovery. In a place now only a skeleton of its former self, survivors fight to avoid capture by the government. Forced to work in factories that produce the only drinking water available, those who go in, never come out.

Zach and Vivienne have lived as deserters since they were teenagers. Fighting amongst their own and scrounging for the necessities of life, they’ve learned to rely on each other in every way. Yet when tragedy strikes and the true objectives of the government facility are revealed, their world is ripped apart.

A fate once thought to hold their demise may be the sole answer to their survival. Who can they trust? Who can they believe?

In this life, it pays to be waterproof.

Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of Waterproof,  The Syrenka Series, The Leila Marx Novels, and the upcoming Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

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As you probably already know, I work as a scientist in my other life. Over the years, my research has often focused on the conservation and restoration of aquatic species. And a lot of that time, their issues have stemmed from contaminated water or excess pollution in the environment.

For several years, I’ve wanted to write a book about what would happen to the world when humans began fighting over drinking water. And I say began, but really, it has already begun. Do you know you have to purchase water rights in some states out west when you buy property?

Have you ever experienced water restrictions in your neighborhood? Or did you know that several countries are already considered water-stressed? It’s happening, and just to show you how scary it is, here are some facts to consider: 

1)      1 billion people currently don’t have access to clean drinking water.

2)      3.4 million people die from water related diseases each year.

3)      By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in a water-stressed county.

4)      An American taking a 5 minute shower uses more water than the average person living in a developing country uses in an entire day.

5)      Over 260 river basins are shared by two or more countries without adequate legal or institutional arrangements regarding water utilization.

6)      By 2020, California will face a water shortage as great as the amount they consume today.

Worried yet? I know I am. So anyway…back to Waterproof.  What will happen when the water disappears? How will society react? What unique science may evolve out of this type of tragedy? All questions I’ve asked myself for years and then had a chance to answer (or hint at) in this book.

I also wanted to highlight the idea of friendship and romance rising up out of the chaos. At a time when the survivors have to fight for every second of their life, I thought it would be nice for them to find some type of comfort in their closest friends. No time for love triangles or petty games when you’re being hunted!

So as you read this book and start thinking more about the water shortages (as I did!), check out these sites to see what little things you can do so that some day we aren’t deserters running for our lives!


My Review 

When the author approached me and asked me to take part in the blog tour and review Waterproof I jumped at the chance. It sounded awesome! Well I'm so glad I did!!

Waterproof is told from both Zach and Vees POV. They are part of a group of deserters who are trying to survive in a world where water is scarce. They struggle to find any water and what they do find they usually have to steal. The first chapter of Waterproof jumps right into the action and we see Zach running for his life after stealing some water from other deserters. He escapes with a little bit of water but draws the deserters to their camp. They have to move camp and on their travels finds an abandoned place. They set up base but find themselves surrounded by mercenaries. Vee, Hunter and Max are captured and taken to the one place they tried to avoid in the first place, the factory. They have all heard the rumors about the place, that anyone who goes there doesn't come back. What Vee finds out there shocks her to the core!
Meanwhile Zach has to pose as a mercenary to gain access to the factory and try and save his friends.

I really enjoyed Waterproof. It was action packed and hooked me from the start. The first chapter sees Zach running for his life with a few precious bottles of water. This sets the tone for the entire book and not once was there a dull moment.
I loved Zach and Vee. Zach is so snarky and brave but also so foolish with his life at times. He tends to act first and think later. He draws the other deserters to the camp and has to deal with the consequences. I really liked Vee as well. She is kick ass, she carries and isn't afraid to use a sword!!! She does all she can for the group and will protect them with her life. She has known Zach since they were small and I loved how we saw their friendship progress.
I loved how even though this book is serious, we still had a few "snigger" moments! I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through but still managed a few laughs. For example ~ (This is from an ARC so is subject to change)

"A short, muscular man stepped out of the woods and blocked our path. His straggly hair and growing beard made him look like a dwarf. The stench put him more on par with a pile of manure."

Amber Garr has created a bleak and desolate world where water is scarce and people will do anything for it. It's a world that sucked me in and had me rooting for Zach and Vee. I loved it!! One thing I have to say though is O!M!G!!!! THAT ending!!!! When I read the ending I was like NOOOOOO, it cant end like that. Its a major cliffhanger and I so need book 2 like right now to see what happens!!!

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  1. Yeah! Thank you so much and I'm glad that you liked it! :)


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