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The Water Knife

av Paolo Bacigalupi

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The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust. 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.… (mer)
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Quite enjoyed this barring a couple of minor but annoying continuity issues. The setting is a not quite yet full dustopian USA but heading that way. Draught has been and stayed and for most of the lower states water is their only concern. The Colorado river still flows but determining who has the rights and abilities to tap it, is a minefield of legal history, with some sharper and more ruthless operators than others.

We follow three main characters, starting with the eponymous Water Knife - a gangster who's made an almost respectable career as the hatchet man for one of Vegas' water controllers. He sees his job as doin the best he can and if he's got legal orders to turn off the water supply to a community then he has no problem with that - hence knife. The others are a reporter in Pheonix, which is only surviving by a canal run from the colarado river and hence very nervous about such threats. The reporter came to cover the human stories in the shanty townships around the new Chinese self-sufficient gated towerblocks. The third character Maria is a dweller in the shanty towns owing rent to the local mob and doing the best she can to survive, making a few coins selling water from the pump at a higher price to the local workers too lazy to walk across and get their own.

The story opens with the knife being sent to phoenix to investigate the local company staff as the CEO has heard odd rumours. The rumours have also reached the reporter as she has many friends in many places, and a contact thinks they have a lead on original documents granting the owner most of the river!

It's not at all clear why those documents should grant the bearer the right to the water, rather than establishing a particular claim existed, but everyone seems to act as if it's there's too trade as they wish. Most of the book is various people trying to prove/destroy/find the documents. Some of which is conducted through fortunately not too graphic torture, we only see the aftermath. However one of the characters becomes involved, and although much detail is given on how long they screamed for, within a page or two they're up running around quite happily and it's the presumably much tougher water knife who apparently struggles with an injury for a while.

It all sort of makes sense, and certainly highlights one of the vulnerabilities modern society takes for granted. Complete as a standalone which is a blessing. ( )
  reading_fox | May 6, 2021 |
3, maybe 3.5, stars.

The plot was interesting, with its near future climate change induced dystopia. However, I didn't connect with any of the three main characters. I felt no investment in their fate as the story unfolded with its twist and turns.

Maybe it was too much trying to cram the life stories of three different characters, the crumbling civilization in the American southwest, the suffering of the people, and reflections on human nature into 360 pages. ( )
  snorrelo | Feb 22, 2021 |
3, maybe 3.5, stars.

The plot was interesting, with its near future climate change induced dystopia. However, I didn't connect with any of the three main characters. I felt no investment in their fate as the story unfolded with its twist and turns.

Maybe it was too much trying to cram the life stories of three different characters, the crumbling civilization in the American southwest, the suffering of the people, and reflections on human nature into 360 pages. ( )
  snorrelo | Feb 22, 2021 |
A fairly decent thriller. Falls into the dystopian future subcategory of science fiction, though I think it could appeal to a much wider audience.

It's certainly very readable, and flows along easily. The author presents a somewhat nihilistic attitude towards human nature which is refreshing to see, as opposed to the usual heroes and saviours (though the main characters do appear to have an unbelievable superhuman tolerance for being shot and tortured). The background setting is a imaginative, easily believable, exploration of the consequences of climate change and drought in the southern states of the US in the near-ish future which is well constructed.

For me, despite the solid setting and interesting characters it never really got past being just another thriller. I was interested in what happened next, but never really cared for the characters. I couldn't become invested in their emotional struggles and development as there was very little of this presented. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Thought it wasn't that bad. Certainly good summer reading. ( )
  skroah | Dec 14, 2020 |
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To some critics and commentators, climate change is also having a deep effect on literature, as more authors focus more closely on the actual and possible consequences of the subject in their fiction. The genre, if it can be called that yet, represents a loose affiliation that stretches back at least to J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World and includes such authors as Ian McEwan, Ursula LeGuin, Kim Stanley Robinson and Margaret Atwood. The Water Knife is perhaps the best, most-recent example of "climate fiction," and it expertly taps a wellspring of fascination and fear that runs beneath a culture ever digging a deeper hole for itself and the environment.
 
In The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi's best-selling, Hugo- and Nebula-winning debut, the author imagines a 23rd century in which the forces of commerce have run amok over the basic, biological building blocks of life. In his equally powerful sophomore novel, The Water Knife, he takes a similar approach to an inorganic substance without which human life wouldn't exist: H2O. But where The Windup Girl takes place hundreds of years from now in Southeast Asia, The Water Knife hits closer to home for U.S. readers. Its setting is the American Southwest, at a time in the near future when Britney Spears is toothless and old, the country is plagued by climactic calamities and the Southwest's dwindling water supply is controlled by robber barons.
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Bacigalupi plays on a grand scale, but he does so with a keen eye for detail... His big triumph, though, is never forgetting that The Water Knife is a thriller at its pounding heart. Even amid reams of deeply researched information about the economy, geology, history and politics of water rights and usage in the U.S., he keeps the plot taut and the dialogue slashing.
tillagd av grizzly.anderson | ändraNPR, Jason Heller (May 28, 2015)
 
"But this is no pastiche; Bacigalupi weaves an engrossing tale all his own, crackling with edgy style."
 
"With elements of Philip K. Dick and Charles Bowden, this epic, visionary novel should appeal to a wide audience."
tillagd av bookfitz | ändraPublishers Weekly (Mar 16, 2015)
 
"An absorbing, if sometimes ideologically overbearing, thriller full of violent action and depressing visions of a bleakly imagined future."
tillagd av bookfitz | ändraKirkus Reviews (Mar 1, 2015)
 

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The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust. 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.

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