The Water Thief

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Profound… sure to spark a reaction” and “scathing, ceaselessly engaging
Kirkus Reviews

A brilliant rebuttal of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged
Clarion Reviews

“Enough to scare readers into activism”
Truthout

A powerful saga that deserves to be in every school and debated by any
who question authority and elements of freedom in society
Midwest Book Review

CHARLES THATCHER is a private citizen, which is to say that he’s the private property of the Ackerman Brothers Securities Corporation. He’s got 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 he discovers a woman stealing rainwater, he sees his chance to move up in the world, maybe even become an executive. He reports her, spinning a picture, not just of a thief, but of a seditionist and revolutionary, someone who believes in that long-dead institution called “government.”Then she vanishes.

Overcome with guilt, he tries to track her down. What he discovers is an underground movement every bit as seditious as the one he had imagined.

But as he becomes enamored with their cause and with life outside his corporation, Charles must contend with a larger truth; in a world where everything is for sale and lies are more profitable than the truth, even a group of revolutionaries can have something to hide.

  • Winner, Kirkus Star
  • Kirkus Best of 2012
  • Bookworm, Best Fiction, 2014
  • Winner, Clarion Foreword Science Fiction Book of the Year
  • Runner-up, Clarion Foreword Book of the Year

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Kirkus: Best of 2012    Bookworn Best 2014     Finalist 1012 Book of the Year     The Kirkus Star midwest-book-review

 

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Pamela Sue
5 years ago

Vote blue, & help people to register & vote!

Brenda Reynolds
5 years ago

I ordered it just now in Nook Book format. Thank’s for posting this, Kim.

Lyn Speakman
5 years ago

Have you read William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition. Worth a spin.

Steven Bell
5 years ago

It’s already here. We are under its grip now. Don’t believe anything else!

Dick Chase
5 years ago

They are preparing to put down a civilian uprising Dan. Government is completely out of control.

Dan McGraw
5 years ago

Hey Dick Chase, thanks for thinking of me and this recommendation. I often think of writing doubles like this myself. I think A plot around a Frak Ing disaster and spillage into a large water supply precipitation of earthquakes a long those fracturing lines would make a great thriller… When I hear of the Jade home exercises I wonder exactly what the Department of Homeland Security is preparing for. It seems like Katrina was a test case for them of something drastic ecologically. Michael Creighton pursuit such an idea in his novel state of fear which I found pretty compelling

Steven Bell
5 years ago
Reply to  Dan McGraw

I believe the government is using HAARP for nefarious reasons. Katrina was one of them. Yes, conspiracies do exist.

Dick Chase
5 years ago

This is the future that’s coming Dan McGraw. I have no doubt it.

Justin Chase

David Peterson
5 years ago

Future?

Linda Clarke
5 years ago

Janet Spencer Bosomworth

Tony Zelonis
5 years ago

The future is now.

Dorothy Rissel
5 years ago

I hope it is imagination.

Mary Barnes Price
5 years ago

The futuristic Brave New World. Excellant book.

Mike Pod
5 years ago

Worth reading, but literarily on a par with Atlas Shrugged, i.e., tedious. Not long enough to really confront Rand, but does establish a number of recognizable culminations of current economic notions…not pretty.

Mike Pod
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Pod

Heck…go right ahead Eric. ?

Eric D. Miles
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Pod

How can I follow your page Mike Pod?

Marty Sorensen
5 years ago

A good book—I would recommend it!

Chris Jacquot
5 years ago

I must read this.

Angela Booth-Leone de Groot

Great book ! Somewhere between Orwell and Rand.

Elaine Walmsley
5 years ago

My next read!

Lorraine Wasso
5 years ago

Excellent book!

Nola Thacker
5 years ago

I picked this up at my library today. Will start reading tomorrow.

Carole Scott
5 years ago

Quite a book. I see so many similarities today, it is scary.

William Renfrow
5 years ago

maybe a novella?

William Renfrow
5 years ago

with Christy about to allow corporate entities to buy municipalities in New Jersey, the statements of Hershey’s ceo (that water is not a human right–i.e., rather, a commodity), the future has come to pass.

Sandra Loubet
5 years ago

Good read but so short and I didn’t like the ending

Mike Stagg
5 years ago

Who needs dystopian novels when you live in Louisiana?

Danny Brewer
5 years ago

Sherie, let me know your thoughts if you read it before I get to it.

Jerry H Satterberg
5 years ago

The real water thief is city if San Francisco stealing Beth Getty.

Harry Tru
5 years ago

Water is and has been the next OIL…Watch for the Wars to begin.

Guy Chocensky
5 years ago

Things go better with corporate water

Debby McCoy Berg
5 years ago

So does Atlas Shruged

Donna Hoffer Galorenzo

PEOPLE still have a bit of control. Move your funds.. savings, loans, checking to a local credit union! Fees are lower and they treat you better. Stop doing business with the “to big to fail” Banksters. Buy from local merchants your say is worth a few cents in pricing!. Do what ya can besides whine on the internet!

Ann Coleman
5 years ago

DIDN’ T THIS JUST HAPPEN IN DETROIT?

Robert J Crouse
5 years ago

Corporate controlled future? We’ve been living in a Corporate controlled PRESENT for a long while now.

Carol Joy McCrory Lane

Read right after you read: THE HANDMAIDEN’S TALE.

Gayle Neville Muskus
5 years ago

I was pretty disappointed in it. Very lightweight, no real important questions and definately no answers.

Ralph Emmerson
5 years ago

not much of a stretch…

Michele Sherry
5 years ago

Not really sci-fi. That’s what’s scary.

Trisha Zeller
5 years ago

Bill, you are a wonderful promoter. Read the book and liked it. Thx!

Gayle Neville Muskus
5 years ago

Big disappointment!!

Carolyn Whitehorn
5 years ago

I have this book on order.

Andrew Laux
5 years ago

Have you read this book?

Donald Mrkacek
5 years ago

someone’s got to clean up the mess of those that came before

Ralph Emmerson
5 years ago

sounds like detroit.

Jessica Crum
5 years ago

Jessi Hixson we must download and read!

Gayle Neville Muskus
5 years ago

I was very disappointed in it. Very wishy washy and not nearly realistic enough. Way too vague.

Trisha Zeller
5 years ago

I just downloaded on your recommendation will let you know.

Jessika Angel Lybrand
5 years ago

I must read this !!!!!

Sue Wipp
5 years ago

I LOVE THIS BOOK! I am around half way through it.

Cori Grant
5 years ago

You should read Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga, staring with Wool.

Bill Maisch
5 years ago

Charlie, I couldn’t agree more

Dan Quintanilla
5 years ago

Eddie Quintanilla Linda Forbus