Book Review: The Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen

The Aquifer

The Synopsis:

“In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world’s fresh water. But he has learned that true control rests with the Council above ground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and which has forbidden all emotion in the name of keeping the peace. This Council has broken his father’s spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart.

But when Luca’s father goes missing, everything shifts. Luca is forced underground, and discovers secrets and mysteries that cause him to question who he is and the world he serves. Together with his friends and a very alluring girl, Luca seeks to free his people and the Rats from the Council’s control. But Luca’s mission is not without struggle and loss, as his desire to uncover the truth could have greater consequences than he ever imagined.”

Excerpt (back of the book :-)):

“We are often reminded how peaceful our world has become, a world without a police force or prison, where crimes and uprisings have nearly disappeared. But we’ve paid a price. The emotional root of all conflict–fear, anger, love, especially love–is prohibited. The goal of our schooling is to master a life of total self-control. A life without wrinkles, without feeling, without soul. The exercises in school are endless.

But in truth, for most, they’re no longer needed. Generations of life in an emotion-neutral world have bred these dangerous urges out.

Why do I still feel them so strongly?

My Review:

I am not a huge fan of fantasy books, but this one was amazing! Aquifer is full of Christian morals and is a book that makes you think. It is written as if Luca is writing in his own diary, so you know only what Luca knows, you discover what he discovers, and really, you feel like you are Luca as you read through the story.

The storyline was fantastic and so were the subplots. Nothing was predictable and it had a great ending. The only negative thing I have to say about it, is that I had a little trouble understanding what they called everyone, like instead of saying this person was killed, you were to say that they were “undone”,  or instead of saying this person was 11 years old, they were simply called an “Eleven”. So it took me a minute to figure those things out, but once I did, the rest of the book flowed smoothly.

As for action, there was quite a bit towards the end, and some of it graphic, but not horrible. Nothing sexual in it either, except one kiss at the very end and holding hands (if you classify that as sexual…). This is a Christian book, so there was also absolutely no cussing or any other bad language.

I highly recommend this book to all my friends and acquaintances!

“I received this book from Book Sneeze/Thomas Nelson for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”


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