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The Water Knife

af Paolo Bacigalupi

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Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:WATER IS POWER
 
In the near future, the Colorado River has dwindled to a trickle. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel Velasquez ??cuts? water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that its lush arcology developments can bloom in Las Vegas. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with her own agenda, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas migrant, who dreams of escaping north. As bodies begin to pile up, the three find themselves pawns in a game far bigger and more corrupt than they could have imagined, and when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to… (mere)
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The Water Knife is an interesting book. In part because many of the horrific events that occur because of the mega drought in the story don't seem that far fetched. This book is rooted firmly in the pit of reality. The reality that humanity can prove that it sucks in so many vastly different ways that nothing surprises you. This is not a joyous book. There is no sudden uplifting of humanity. Nobody surprised me. I had little doubt believing that politicians would find a way to make a bad situation worse. No real heroes and lots of shades of grey. Don't read this book if you are feeling depressed. I guarantee it will make it worse.

With that out of the way. Let me add the good news. It is a good book. Well written and thought out. A relentless plot that is constantly kicking you in the face. When you are done reading it you will feel a little drained and then immediately want everyone who is ignoring California's current drought to read it.

I had a few parts of the book that I thought were a little unnecessary to the story. Honestly, the sex scenes felt a little out of place. They kind of zapped me out of a book I was really interested in. I have nothing against sex in books. It just didn't do it for me in this story. Mileage will vary on that problem though. It certainly isn't enough to stop you from reading it.

The book's plot feels dangerously close to our currently reality. Water becomes scarce on the west coast of the United States and Mexico and suddenly it is every state for themselves and the most powerful people are those who can manipulate the water rights to their advantage. One of the best parts of the story is witnessing the monstrosity that California becomes. The book follows a few characters. They are all interesting and all extremely flawed. I like flawed characters though. There is a constant struggle of people trying to rise above the disaster around them. The book is so grounded in reality that watching them get squashed by the machine can be a little depressing. This is good science fiction and I hope it stays science fiction and not a startling accurate prediction of our future. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
Fun read, a real page turner. Yet... all the action is driven by violence (or greed). Good beach book, but no lasting value. ( )
  keithostertag | May 10, 2023 |
This was a brutal story but one of the best-written books I have read in a long time. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jan 26, 2023 |
If only human beings could actually learn something from this book. But no, we are bent on destruction of ourselves, this planet, and all of the lovely Flora and fauna that is disappearing as rapidly as we can make it happen. ( )
  burritapal | Oct 23, 2022 |
Bacigalupi has a penchant for the near future eco apocalypse but if you read his short stories you realize he has more breadth. The current fires in California are eerily reflected in this novel. This sort of novel is a risk because things rarely turn out as speculative fiction writers predict them. Still the novel is prescient in more than one way. The federal government has basically stopped working and the rich get richer while the poor get poorer.

However a novel like this isn’t any good without compelling characters and believable settings and Bacigalupi has both.

I was disappointed by Ship Breaker but this is a return to form. The Wind Up Girl was more of a Blade Runner 2049 novel. Highly recommended as well. ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
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To some critics and commentators, climate change is also having a deep effect on literature, as more authors focus more closely on the actual and possible consequences of the subject in their fiction. The genre, if it can be called that yet, represents a loose affiliation that stretches back at least to J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World and includes such authors as Ian McEwan, Ursula LeGuin, Kim Stanley Robinson and Margaret Atwood. The Water Knife is perhaps the best, most-recent example of "climate fiction," and it expertly taps a wellspring of fascination and fear that runs beneath a culture ever digging a deeper hole for itself and the environment.
 
In The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi's best-selling, Hugo- and Nebula-winning debut, the author imagines a 23rd century in which the forces of commerce have run amok over the basic, biological building blocks of life. In his equally powerful sophomore novel, The Water Knife, he takes a similar approach to an inorganic substance without which human life wouldn't exist: H2O. But where The Windup Girl takes place hundreds of years from now in Southeast Asia, The Water Knife hits closer to home for U.S. readers. Its setting is the American Southwest, at a time in the near future when Britney Spears is toothless and old, the country is plagued by climactic calamities and the Southwest's dwindling water supply is controlled by robber barons.
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Bacigalupi plays on a grand scale, but he does so with a keen eye for detail... His big triumph, though, is never forgetting that The Water Knife is a thriller at its pounding heart. Even amid reams of deeply researched information about the economy, geology, history and politics of water rights and usage in the U.S., he keeps the plot taut and the dialogue slashing.
tilføjet af grizzly.anderson | RedigerNPR, Jason Heller (May 28, 2015)
 
"But this is no pastiche; Bacigalupi weaves an engrossing tale all his own, crackling with edgy style."
 
"With elements of Philip K. Dick and Charles Bowden, this epic, visionary novel should appeal to a wide audience."
tilføjet af bookfitz | RedigerPublishers Weekly (Mar 16, 2015)
 
"An absorbing, if sometimes ideologically overbearing, thriller full of violent action and depressing visions of a bleakly imagined future."
tilføjet af bookfitz | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Mar 1, 2015)
 

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Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:WATER IS POWER
 
In the near future, the Colorado River has dwindled to a trickle. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel Velasquez ??cuts? water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that its lush arcology developments can bloom in Las Vegas. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with her own agenda, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas migrant, who dreams of escaping north. As bodies begin to pile up, the three find themselves pawns in a game far bigger and more corrupt than they could have imagined, and when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to

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