Book Review: The Water Thief by Nicholas Lamar Soutter

Title: The Water Thief

Author: Nicholas Lamar Soutter

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: April 2012


Book Summary:

Reminiscent of the literary classic 1984, Nicholas Lamar Soutter’s The Water Thief, delives into a futuristic society where corporations own everything, even the air we breathe.
Charles Thatcher is a perception manager for Ackerman Brothers Securities Corporation, which owns him as private property. Aside from that, he is facing a growing list of problems. The cost of air is going up, his wife wants to sell herself to another corporation, and his colleagues are always trying to get him tossed into the lye vats.

But when Charles discovers a woman stealing rainwater, he sees an opportunity to move up in the world, maybe even to become an executive. He not only turns her in but creates an exaggerated report, spinning the woman as a seditionist and revolutionary. When she vanishes, he is overcome with guilt and decides to track her down. He eventually meets up with Kate, a friend of the woman he turned in, and realizes that his report may have been correct and faces the reality of stumbling on a larger, subversive organization.

After reading the description for this book, I knew I would need to read it. Ever since reading The Giver in 6th grade, dystopian novels have been my personal favorite genre. It was the first book that really made me think of what life could be like if the world was different. If people were different.
Then earlier this year Mark was listening to 1984 in the car. I heard bits and pieces of it while I drove around with him sometimes. The parts I heard were intriguing to think about, but maybe it was because I didn’t listen to the whole thing, it never seemed like something that could really happen.
The Water Thief on the other hand, felt very real. So much of it I could easily see really happening in our society in the future. The world is real.  It was scary to think about really. I debated writing anything about it, because it’s not a happy book. Oh it has it’s good parts, but it leaves you pondering, and wondering. Was it real? Any of it?  I’m still feeling so very torn over this book. I do however have a rekindled interest in current politics, and will strive to be a better citizen that doesn’t just let things happen because others are in charge.
Rating: 3.5 Stars. Good book
Content: A few mentions of pornography, but no details. Maybe a few cuss words, but none that stuck out.
Source: Kelly & Hall Book Publicity E-copy for review