Book Review: Waterproof

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"Five years after the last drop of clean water disappeared, global societies collapsed and nuclear war shattered all hope of recovery. In a place now only a skeleton of its former self, survivors fight to avoid capture by the government. Forced to work in factories that produce the only drinking water available, those who go in, never come out.

Zach and Vivienne have lived as deserters since they were teenagers. Fighting amongst their own and scrounging for the necessities of life, they’ve learned to rely on each other in every way. Yet when tragedy strikes and the true objectives of the government facility are revealed, their world is ripped apart. A fate once thought to hold their demise may be the sole answer to their survival. Who can they trust? Who can they believe?"

Waterproof is a YA dystopian that I didn't quite click with. It reads like a summer blockbuster movie: a lot of action, a lot of unrealistically amazing sex, a lot of dialogue establishing how characters are connected to each other, a twist, a big reveal, and a cliffhanger. However, although it was entertaining as a fluff read, I had absolutely no emotional connection with the characters. 

I don't quite know if it was because of the unrealistic level of emotions with the world (i.e. it's been only five years since the collapse of civilization, but brutally killing people produces zero emotional impact on the MCs) or the fact that it revolves around conspiracy that has some world-building plot holes (we can synthesize DNA protein and have enough gas for hummers, but there are no helicopters do spot deserters? Why is it the world is livable only five years after a nuclear holocaust?). 

If you're looking for a somewhat shallow action story that's written like a movie, this book may work for you. Otherwise, it (unfortunately) doesn't quite live up to the intriguing premise.

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