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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Thirst: A Climate Change Story by Michael Carson gives a glimpse of our future with a twist that will keep you entertained. Set in the year 2045 when the earth is ravaged by climate change, the story follows young Lily Star. When Lily discovered she could raise water from underground, she has been keeping her family alive since she was 13 years old. However, when Minister Voles finds out about Lily and her special powers, he wants to use her for his political gain. When Lily refuses to be used, she and her family are exiled to a Floater Camp where people struggle to survive on a daily basis. She has no idea that fate has sent her to the right place. There she meets like-minded people who are ready to bring a revolution against the government and make the future more bearable for future generations. But what can a bunch of teenagers do against powerful men?
Michael Carson sets the right tone from the very beginning but changes it as the story progresses. In the beginning, it is bleak and desperate (reflecting Lily’s condition); however, as the story progresses and Lily gains more confidence in her abilities, the mood of the narrative changes. It becomes more hopeful at first, and then it turns into this magnetic energy that I could feel just by reading. The descriptions are out of this world. The author builds vivid images with his words. His choice of words is bold and confident, which makes reading this story a joy, to be honest. Lily is not your typical young adult fiction protagonist. She is no wilting flower feeling sorry for herself. She has responsibilities, and she knows she has no time for self-pity. Her relationship with Nate, her determination to do better, and to be useful to the resistance drive her. Thirst: A Climate Change Story is brilliant in its simplicity. The execution is perfect, the pace is fast, and the development is on-point!