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Waterproof by Amber Garr

First Published: 19 Sept 2013
Publisher: Self
Pages: 256
Format: Ebook
Finished Date: 18 Jan 2014


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.

Disclaimer: Waterproof is a new adult dystopian with sex, violence, and language that may not be suitable for a younger audience.

My Rating
My Review

Disclaimer:I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed here are my own.

This book had a very interesting set up. A world where there wasn't enough water for everyone is rather unfathomable. At the same time, it is very unique and felt realistic. I mean, wars will cause some sort of fallout. Many books merely talk about the fallout to the environment, but not about the water. While I did enjoy the concept and world, I must say Waterproof didn't captivate as much as I expected it to.

Perhaps it was the characters that I did not like that much. I must say though, they were realistic because of how they reacted to situations. Yet, they felt a little one dimensional and as a reader, I was never interested in understanding more about them. Maybe I didn't really enjoy being in Zach's and Vivienne's heads. I mean, I just never felt they acted their age. I do actually like the supporting characters a little bit more though, especially Jackson (ahhh now that's one guy I like) and Sasha.

But to be honest, I hated the romance. I just couldn't get into it. And while reading, I felt there was a whole book prior to this that I had missed out. I was thrown into the world, with references to history which weren't clearly explained. It kinda did detract from the enjoyment of the book. I would have appreciated a short prequel, honestly.

I did really enjoy being thrown into action from the start though, it captured my attention and drew me in. And I really liked that there wasn't unnecessary description and words to fill up the space. It was to the point, which brought across the story in a clear method that I did like.

One thing I really enjoyed about the book was the whole concept. It was well laid out and even if the history was a little sketchy, I am actually very curious to see how the story works out. And yeah, I was rather drawn in by the story towards the end of the book, when everything started falling into place and making sense.

Some parts did feel a little bit unrealistic, like the whole secret of the factories. I won't go into that because I think that was actually a major plot line of the story. But albeit a little unrealistic, the concept was interesting.

Still, Waterproof was rather disappointing all in all. I didn't enjoy the fact that there was hardly any character development. On the other hand, I do think the sequel can be better. So I do hope that in future books, if she decides to write more books, I would enjoy it more! I really do like the premise of the books, and I sincerely would not want it to stop here.


Very in-depth and helpful review! Thanks so much for sharing and the story sounds intriguing, the cover is as well:O)


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