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The Water Knife

de Paolo Bacigalupi

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The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust. 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 drink.… (més)
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    Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water de Marc Reisner (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: Reisner's history of water in the West is an inspiration for the novel.
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    Zodiac de Neal Stephenson (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: Another eco-thriller
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    Gold Fame Citrus de Claire Vaye Watkins (sturlington)
    sturlington: Contrasting stories of climate change and water shortages in the Southwestern US.
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    The Dead Lands: A Novel de Benjamin Percy (4leschats)
    4leschats: Post-apocalyptic water shortage leads to power struggles and fights for survival
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    Odds against Tomorrow de Nathaniel Rich (sturlington)
    sturlington: Climate change, destroyed cities
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    Seveneves de Neal Stephenson (bookfitz)
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3, maybe 3.5, stars.

The plot was interesting, with its near future climate change induced dystopia. However, I didn't connect with any of the three main characters. I felt no investment in their fate as the story unfolded with its twist and turns.

Maybe it was too much trying to cram the life stories of three different characters, the crumbling civilization in the American southwest, the suffering of the people, and reflections on human nature into 360 pages. ( )
  snorrelo | Feb 22, 2021 |
3, maybe 3.5, stars.

The plot was interesting, with its near future climate change induced dystopia. However, I didn't connect with any of the three main characters. I felt no investment in their fate as the story unfolded with its twist and turns.

Maybe it was too much trying to cram the life stories of three different characters, the crumbling civilization in the American southwest, the suffering of the people, and reflections on human nature into 360 pages. ( )
  snorrelo | Feb 22, 2021 |
A fairly decent thriller. Falls into the dystopian future subcategory of science fiction, though I think it could appeal to a much wider audience.

It's certainly very readable, and flows along easily. The author presents a somewhat nihilistic attitude towards human nature which is refreshing to see, as opposed to the usual heroes and saviours (though the main characters do appear to have an unbelievable superhuman tolerance for being shot and tortured). The background setting is a imaginative, easily believable, exploration of the consequences of climate change and drought in the southern states of the US in the near-ish future which is well constructed.

For me, despite the solid setting and interesting characters it never really got past being just another thriller. I was interested in what happened next, but never really cared for the characters. I couldn't become invested in their emotional struggles and development as there was very little of this presented. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Thought it wasn't that bad. Certainly good summer reading. ( )
  skroah | Dec 14, 2020 |
20 mins into the future thriller about water rights in a part of the US turning increasingly into dustbowl. Didn’t really hold my attention- it read too much like a Hollywood gangster movie only with water instead of drugs/gambling/prostitution. Didn’t care about the characters, disliked the detailed descriptions of torture, and found it generally depressing and turgid. ( )
  SChant | Nov 5, 2020 |
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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.
afegit per grizzly.anderson | editaNPR, 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."
afegit per bookfitz | editaPublishers Weekly (Mar 16, 2015)
 
"An absorbing, if sometimes ideologically overbearing, thriller full of violent action and depressing visions of a bleakly imagined future."
afegit per bookfitz | editaKirkus Reviews (Mar 1, 2015)
 

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The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust. 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 drink.

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