Aquifer: A Review

Aquifer By Jonathan Friesen

In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world’s fresh water. But he has learned the true control rests with the Council aboveground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and which has forbidden all emotion and art in the name of keeping the peace. And this Council has broken his father’s spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart.
But when Luca’s father goes missing, everything shifts. Luca is forced underground, and discovers secrets, lies, and mysteries that cause him to reevaluate who he is and the world he serves. Together with his friends and a very alluring girl, Luca seeks to free his people and the Rats from the Council’s control. But Luca’s mission is not without struggle and loss, as his desire to uncover the truth could have greater consequences than he ever imagined.
 Excitement was the first thing I felt when I heard about this book. Jonathan Friesens first book he ever had publishes. Jerk, California has been a book that has stuck with me. A fiction book about Tourette’s Syndrome, it was something that had surprised me. So when this book came up I immediately grabbed at it.
I had high hopes for this, but with each chapter, each page I was slowly let down. At some points it was really confusing, I had to back track and read it again. And then suddenly it was the opposite, I was enjoying it. The characters were something I really found enjoyable. I did like Luca, and Tayla and Seward. Everyone had nice, interesting back stories I wish I could read more about. Unfortunately I was left hanging on some things. There were nice twists and surprises in the book. But some of those surprises were left unfinished and left me with a big What?

For the most part I did enjoy it, the book is kind of short. The one major problem I had with this book, which confuses me even now. But was that really the ending? Is this going to be a series or was that really it. The ending bothered me. If you couldn't tell.

I was given this book for free for my review from BookSneeze (


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