To run is futile. To hide, perhaps worth the effort. To win...the ultimate goal. It's a war zone out there but not quite in the way you might think. No bombs (well, not real ones). No guns (with bullets at least). No lives lost (in reality). Your objective: Seek out your opponent. Assassinate them. Make their target your own and repeat. It doesn't stop til the last man OR woman is standing. Your weapon...a water gun. *pause for dramatic effect*
Yep...a water gun! This "war" is fought with water and moves from city to city as people from everyday life get the chance to play in this covert ops type affair. It's not dangerous in the sense of actual fatalities, but it can uncover truths and pasts you may have thought you out ran...not to mention the players are not always what they seem. The one in charge is the Gamekeeper, the most mysterious of all for though they are in constant contact with the players, no one really knows just WHO they really are...not until books end at least. (hehe)
The way this book was done though...you are introduced to each of the key players and each viewpoint is their own chapters. Short and sweet sometimes merely a few paragraphs, but just enough to show you their progression without things getting jumbled. Okay, so it's easier to read and understand than to explain later, but for me it worked...and that's saying something. The other awesome aspect of this writing style is that as that game moves faster and faster towards the climatic finish, so does your reading. You quite literally want to keep turning page after page as each player moves into the final phases and the ending....get ready for a surprise...or should I say MORE than one?
Now there is one more point (I know...I said that before, but really, just one more point) that the book works into the storyline that actually speaks to enviromental concerns of today....water waste. I mean think about it. So many odd players in so many off cities using goodness knows how much water to play a "silly game"? Could add up to quite a lot of wasted water...which is actually addressed as the current cuty the game is taking place in is in the middle of a drought. One player puts it in perspective rather well though, even if it's not exactly enviromentally sound...."Everyone needs to be a little childish sometimes..." (pg 205, ARC)
In my opinion, a great read for all ages. The storyline does have slightly deeper revelations for a few characters but overall it's a fast paced, fun and water filled time that you won't want to miss. ARC for review courtesy of Ksenia at MacMillan Children's Publishing Group. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as their full catalog, check out their site or follow along on Twitter. This book hit shelves a few short weeks ago, so be on the look out for it in a store near you.
Until next time...happy holidays...and happy reading!