Aug 22, 2013
Aquifer - Jonathan Friesen
Aquifer turned out to be a very interesting, and a little different sort of book for me. The genre is dystopia, but written by a Christian author.
In the beginning of the book I felt as if the writing was a little dark, but about half way through I realized it was for a reason that ended up moving the plot along. Sometimes I felt that too little was explained at the beginning and that the characters reactions weren't genuine. I also wasn't a huge fan of the romance between Luca and a girl from below, Talya. It was too quick and I really didn't how she Talya kept running away from her father and ignoring him when he told her to leave Luca alone. Yeah, that kind of irritated me...
Though I liked Luca's character he was interesting and he had good intentions, though I think my favorite character was his father, Massa. I liked his character's depth and the burden he carried, it was well thought out.
While I really enjoyed the story line, though at times a little confusing, I found the characters lacking. Most of them had good structure but sometimes it was hard to say whose side they were actually on. Their bones were good I just wish they had been fleshed out a little more. While a few characters stick out in my mind that had potential to be great, but they died....
Luca was the most rounded character in the book, because he was the main character, but otherwise the majority of characters were missing personality.
Characters are a huge deal to me and I was disappointed in the lack of good ones, but I wouldn't completely shoot this book down. It had a great deal of redeeming qualities.
I liked the complexity of the plot as well as the different "terms" that seem to come with a dystopian book, unlike other dystopians that I've read the "terms" in this book were fairly simple, but different enough to know it's not the same world we live in today. I like the different way of introducing God into the story. it wasn't typical; it showed Christians as hunted and people to be feared, it was a little different but I liked how it turned out int the end. It ended with a small cliffhanger so I'm holding out that the next book will answer some questions and produce some great characters! Don't completely write this book off! Try it for yourself!
Title - Aquifer
Author - Jonathan Friesen
Series/Trilogy Title - ???
Book in Series/Trilogy - #1
Pages - 303
Type of Book - Christian Dystopia
Website - http://www.jonathanfriesen.com/index.html