Book Review ~ Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen

Friesen writes of a dystopian society set in the future, where emotions are prohibited. Aquifer has a chosen one, conflict, a love interest, and a need for change through buried hope.  This “peaceful” society is ruled by the Council of Nine and the Peacemaker (PM). Luca, the main character, is the son of Massa, the Deliverer. When Massa disappears, Luca must take over the role of Deliverer and descend following a path known only to previous Deliverers. Luca discovers things are not as they seem and must bring change, regardless of his personal outcome.

The plot pulled my curiosity, and I wondered what would happen next. The story flows, but there were times when I wanted more description.  I couldn’t always picture the characters or situation and had to reread some passages.  As with other novels of this genre, the darker overtone of the human struggle was a little much, and I had to put it down for a bit. The end felt rushed and a little incomplete.  An epilogue would provide good closure, as there are some unanswered questions.

Aquifer is not a favorite book, but having read it, I may investigate others of Friesen’s works.

I give this novel 3 out of 5 stars.

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for my honest review.




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