Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
The first quarter of this book was SO GOOD...
Set in the not too distant future, drinkable water is almost all gone. Society has broken down. Not that many people are left. Anyone who has water must fight and kill to defend it.
The main characters are a mother and her teenage daughter. They have a small piece of land with a pond on it. The first quarter of the book is about how hard it is to defend that water, how they have to kill strangers on sight, how they have to work from morning to night to survive.
Then about 25% in, the book changed. The teenage girl, who in her whole entire life met only one other person besides her mother, and that was just for a short period of time, meets other people. Becomes friends with them. This girl who was raised her whole life to not care about people suddenly did. She lessened her chances to protect her own life and water over other people, including a boy she had so quickly fallen in love with. (At least, unlike other books, she didn't fall in love in her first meeting with him... but it was the third or so meeting.)
The first quarter of the book was so good, I actually stuck to the end of the story (though I skimmed the last 10% or so). I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did. I should have read the Goodread reviews, because so many of them echoed my experience -- I could have abandoned this book instead of finishing it.
It wasn't HORRIBLE TERRIBLE, it was just so far downhill from the first quarter... I did appreciate some things that happened at the end, but all in all it wasn't worth the reading time.