The Water Knife (Paperback)

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"Paolo Bacigalupi writes some bleak futures in his novels. First in, The Windup Girl, and now in his new intense, water-deprived world of The Water Knife, we come to see the many different ways our civilization and ecosystems could go terribly wrong. This is an intense and violent ecopunk novel that follows Angel Velasquez and Lucy Monroe on a hunt for an ancient water deed that could change the southwest water rights. Can they trust each other? Is finding the deed going to solve the water problem or lead to a bigger ill for most everybody? Characters are multidimensional and you can never peg somebody as always being the good person or the bad, and that is how Paolo sucker punches you time again as the plot unfurls. Brilliant novel, a bit too close to reality sometimes, but that could be what we need."

— Jason Kennedy

"Luis Alberto Urrea has built his reputation writing about borders, and his recent collection crosses many of them. One young man is caught between the street-savvy Chicanos of home and the distinctly gringo world of college. Another falls in love with his roommate’s sister, only to find out too late the source of the family money. And another kid, having lost his dad to prison, is pushed to help rob a wealthy but kind-hearted neighbor. Urrea’s stories are both matter-of-fact and poetic, and musical too, driven by the rock and punk references that are sprinkled throughout the tales. I sometimes wonder if a protagonist and situation have enough heft to turn into a novel, but with The Water Museum, (excluding the two flash fiction entries perhaps) I found myself thinking this collection could become ten novels."

— Daniel Goldin

June 2015 Indie Next List


“The near-future depicted in The Water Knife is disturbing and disorienting in its familiarity. Imagine an America so scraped away by ecological disasters - hurricanes, dust storms, and drought - and the brutal struggle to control the water supply that results in a refugee crisis in the Southwest rivaling those that have devastated third world nations. This book moves like a high-octane thriller but includes a wealth of warnings about where America and the world at large may be headed: a dark future where the brutal reality of everyday survival makes people, corporations, and governments do terrible things. The Water Knife may turn out to be 2015's most talked about book.”
— Vladimir Verano, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA

Description


WATER IS POWER

In the near future, the Colorado River has dwindled to a trickle. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel Velasquez "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that its lush arcology developments can bloom in Las Vegas. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with her own agenda, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas migrant, who dreams of escaping north. As bodies begin to pile up, the three find themselves pawns in a game far bigger and more corrupt than they could have imagined, and 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.

About the Author


PAOLO BACIGALUPI is a Hugo, Nebula, and Michael L. Printz Award winner, as well as a National Book Award finalist. He is also a winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the John W. Campbell Award, and a three-time winner of the Locus Award. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and High Country News. He lives with his wife and son in western Colorado, where he is working on a new novel. www.windupstories.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804171533
ISBN-10: 080417153X
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English