Zach and Vivienne have been living in a protected community with their families trying to be normal teenagers while the world outside has started to fall apart. The water has been contaminated and the world has gone to war. Those living in the protected areas have to rely on the government to provide rations to the communities. When the bombs start dropping in their area Zach, Vivienne and their parents go on the run to survive.
Waterfall is one of those books that I really thought I’d love when I first saw it. A dystopian world caused by the poisoning of the water supplies really sounds like something that could happen in real life, especially seeing on the news how a city in the US are dealing with contaminated water. Unfortunately though this book fell really short for me.
First, I don’t know if it was my review copy or if all copies of this book have this problem but I almost gave up even trying to read this just a few pages in. It was as if the space bar was acting up for whoever typed up the final copy and trying to read around things like ‘dowe’ and figure out that it meant ‘do we’ was more than a tad irritating as it happens over and over, sometimes several times in the same paragraph.
As for the story itself, I was left with more questions than I prefer when I’m finished. I know that there’s the lack of clean drinking water in the world but why the bombings? Why do so many distrust the government? What is really happening with the draft? I could really go on and on with so many things left unsaid.
The characters in the story seemed to be a bit clueless as to what is happening in the rest of the world. That was fine to start the story, but at one point it jumps ahead a few months and they still seem to be completely out of it. I would have preferred much more world building to know what they are on the run from and some character growth by the end to show me how and why they are still surviving.
Overall, unfortunately, this is one that I don’t see myself even being remotely interested in continuing. Not even depth to the world or characters.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.