Growing up, Luca knew he was different than everyone else his age. But the reality of what those differences mean comes together shortly after his sixteenth birthday.
In Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen, Luca lives in a world where emotion is not allowed and the truth of the past has been buried. Policed by a group of people know as the Amongus, the citizens of the future world are really not free to make any decisions of their own or feel any emotions at all. Luca however, is different. He was not marked as a child and therefore cannot be read by the Amongus. And he also is the next in line for one of the most important jobs in the world, the Deliverer. Fresh water is a scarce commodity in this future world and each year the Deliverer must travel below the surface of the earth and make a trade with the people who live below the earth to keep the water flowing to surface. When Luca’s father disappears, will Luca be able to take on this important role and save the world?
Aquifer was a great read. As a young adult work of fiction, I can see how this will really grab the reader. It certainly grabbed me and I couldn’t put it down. The future world is very vividly created and seemed real. I also enjoyed the beautiful description of the world below the surface as well. And the subtle connections to Christianity and faith were really nice and would hopefully speak to readers.
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