Hydro (Aurelia Series, #1) by A.C. Waltower
Release Date: December 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
The year is 2091. 75 years ago, a nuclear war desolated Earth. The top 2% of the world fled to Hydro, a compound on the Moon. The rest of the population were left trying to survive on a barren Earth.
Seventeen-year-old Blake lives on Earth with his dad and little brother. When Blake’s father is given the grave sentence of terminal cancer, Blake decides to save his dad by sneaking onto Hydro and making a deal with Hydro’s council. In exchange for them saving his dad, he will give them the answer to everyone’s problem; the location of a new habitable planet.
The unexpected and unannounced arrival of Blake leaves many citizens with mixed feelings, none more confusing than those of sixteen-year-old Ziva. The more she learns about Blake and where he comes from, the more she learns that not everything she is being told about the situation on Earth in true, including those told by her beloved grandfather.
Why has he been lying to her? And more importantly what is he hiding from her?
I do love a good post-apoc and I'm always excited to read any new ones that appear on my dystopian radar. Hydro recently appeared on said radar and it was a really enjoyable read.
It's set towards the end of this century, a nuclear war has decimated Earth, the population that was not killed by the blasts is struggling to survive but a lucky few managed to escape look down upon the once thriving planet from the safety of a compound on the moon called Hydro.
Hydro is very much the perfect utopia, everyone lives longer and are much healthier than their counterparts on Earth but there are some things that they just cannot do.
All of the food for Hydro is still grown on Earth in giant greenhouses which the survivors frequently try to get in to, the population of Hydro really do take their lives for granted until the arrival of a stowaway on a ship from Earth, a young man has arrived on Hydro and his name is Blake.
Blake has come from Earth to try and make a deal with the Hydro council in return for revealing the location of a new planet which could solve all their problems, a planet which could be the new home for both the residents of Hydro and Earth he wants their help to help save his father who has a terminal illness.
But he has a lot in his way, starting with the Commander of Earth who views Blake as a criminal and doesn't trust him at all, the feeling is very mutual with Blake hating him in return. Blake finds himself in the company of teens his age and through them he finds that the plan is to return to Earth, they have been told that work is currently under way to make it habitable again for them. He tells them that this is not the case and as far as he can see nothing is changing, the question is why are they being lied to?
One of the teens that Blake has befriended is Ziva who is the Commander's granddaughter, she wants to know why he has been lying to her and decides to help Blake in his mission to get to the bottom of what is being hidden from the residents of Earth and Hydro.
This is a great young adult read, it reads very nicely and has plenty of plot to keep you interested. The characters do come across as a little young in parts but they are sixteen and seventeen so they are young! I do like they idea of a compound on the moon and the world building of Hydro was very well done.
I'm you enjoy your young adult novels with a good dose of dystopia then you will enjoy this.
Awarded 4 out of 5
I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review
About the Author
My name is AC and I am an aspiring writer. I've always had a passion for writing, but find it difficult to write while juggling long hours at my day job. I, also, had to get the courage to publish my work, but this has always been a dream of mine.