I am so very excited to be a part of this amazing book tour hosted by Mystical Muse!! This tour we are featuring the exciting and gut-wrenching novel Waterproof by one of my favorite authors Amber Garr. Not only do you get a sneak peek at the book and my opinion on it but you get a chance to win stuff too. What more you could ask for. So keep scrolling because we have plenty along the way for you :) Buckle your seatbelts ladies and gents this book is a bumpy ride.
Waterproof Excerpt 1 (Zach’s POV)
Ten more steps.
My legs ached with every jarring move, growing heavier the closer I got to my destination. The weight of my bounty pulled against me like a prisoner’s chain. If I dropped it, I would be safe. The idea taunted me as I ran through the abandoned junk yard, dodging large pieces of scrap metal and sliding over the rusty hoods of skeletal cars.
“Drop them or I’ll shoot you dead,” a gruff voice yelled behind me.
I didn’t dare turn back. Something whizzed past my ear and slammed into the side of an old van blocking the path in front of me. A reddish dust full of steel splinters exploded in my face as the unmistakable sound of tearing metal pierced the dusk air. I’d gravely misjudged this group of deserters.
Heart hammering in my chest, I slid to a stop before crashing into the bullet hole meant for my head. Two bottles slipped from my arms and rolled underneath the van before I could stop them. Shit. There wasn’t enough time but I couldn’t go back with only those left in my hands.
I braved a look behind at my pursuers. The three men tearing after me had nothing but revenge in their eyes. If the two sawed-off shotguns didn’t represent their intentions, then the man firing the military rifle at my head made it very clear.
Another bullet slammed into the van just as I ducked down to retrieve the bottles. Footsteps pounded against the broken pavement and dead leaves, sounding more like an army than a handful of survivors like me. I reached as far as my shoulder would allow, ignoring the pain searing through my tired muscles. My fingertips brushed the plastic container just before it rolled further under the van.
“Where’d he go?” one of the men called out. He sounded close.
Dropping to my stomach, I nestled the remaining bottles under my left arm, while trying to retrieve the others with my right. After squeezing half my body underneath the van, I finally grabbed the first, then the second. Another shot ricocheted off the ground in front of me. They were trying to flush out my position and if they found me now, I was dead.
Scooping up the prized possessions I’d risked my life for, I prepared to run. Trapped between two vehicles, only one option presented itself - I’d have to get to the old cargo containers. This particular group of deserters set up their camp inside a metal scrap yard. Smart and resourceful. The dilapidated containers had been pushed to the sides, creating a barrier and providing some semblance of safety. Although I’d slipped through them easily on my way in, my arms were now full of water bottles that slowed me down.
Water. Wars were fought and lost over it. People died. Billions of humans perished in the days leading up to the end. And now I risked my life for a mere eight liters because we’d used the last natural drop of clean water on the planet five years ago.
Metal cracked above my head. Dust fell into my eyes and tiny pellets showered over my back like a swarm of bees.
“I’ve got him!”
I looked up in fear, only to see that I still had a clear path to my escape. Shotgun man had his sights somewhere else. Now was my chance.
Sucking in a deep breath, I scrambled to my feet and ran as hard as I could toward the narrow crevice between the containers. Forcing myself not to turn and look where they were, I ignored the shouting and distinct sound of shells hitting the ground.
Five more steps.
Intense right? Wait until you read the whole book!! Now for my review my loves!
“Waterproof” was definitely an eye opener kind of read for me. It’s scary to think that one day our world could become like that if such a tragedy struck because let’s be honest our world is full of savages and we have been taught all of our lives to survive sometimes at the expense of the greater good. “Waterproof” really brings that to a head. It makes you face your fears head on. Zach and Vee really represent the good left in humanity and they are fighting against all odds in this book. The government is even more corrupt than you could possibly imagine. They are harvesting water from people’s blood, sick thought but I could totally see our government doing something like that if it came down to it.
This book was truly a masterpiece. It was not only a brilliant dystopian read but it also scared the hell out of me and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, terrified of what was beyond the next page! I am not even a big dystopian fan, mainly because I am terrified that all of this will happen while I am still on this planet, but I devoured this book. It is a true survival story with friendship, loyalty, and love at the center. It was beautifully written, and gave me plenty of chills, and well of course the ending totally left me hanging!
Amber’s books are always amazing but she truly blew me out of the water with this one. It’s a definite must read dystopian book! It will get you mind working overtime. I highly recommend it!
The Story Behind Waterproof
As you probably already know, I work as a scientist in my other life. Over the years, my research has often focused on the conservation and restoration of aquatic species. And a lot of that time, their issues have stemmed from contaminated water or excess pollution in the environment.
For several years, I’ve wanted to write a book about what would happen to the world when humans began fighting over drinking water. And I say began, but really, it has already begun. Do you know you have to purchase water rights in some states out west when you buy property?
Have you ever experienced water restrictions in your neighborhood? Or did you know that several countries are already considered water-stressed? It’s happening, and just to show you how scary it is, here are some facts to consider:
1) 1 billion people currently don’t have access to clean drinking water.
2) 3.4 million people die from water related diseases each year.
3) By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in a water-stressed county.
4) An American taking a 5 minute shower uses more water than the average person living in a developing country uses in an entire day.
5) Over 260 river basins are shared by two or more countries without adequate legal or institutional arrangements regarding water utilization.
6) By 2020, California will face a water shortage as great as the amount they consume today.
Worried yet? I know I am. So anyway…back to Waterproof. What will happen when the water disappears? How will society react? What unique science may evolve out of this type of tragedy? All questions I’ve asked myself for years and then had a chance to answer (or hint at) in this book.
I also wanted to highlight the idea of friendship and romance rising up out of the chaos. At a time when the survivors have to fight for every second of their life, I thought it would be nice for them to find some type of comfort in their closest friends. No time for love triangles or petty games when you’re being hunted!
So as you read this book and start thinking more about the water shortages (as I did!), check out these sites to see what little things you can do so that some day we aren’t deserters running for our lives!
Definitely gives you something to think about right guys? I know I did!
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