August 18, 2016
The Cloud Seeders by Jamie Zerndt
The Cloud Seeder is an action-packed, fast-paced dystopian novel written by Jamie Zerndt.
Thomas and his younger brother Dustin are water cops for the Sustainability Movement. It has been nearly 12 months without rain and their duty is to give tickets to people who are caught wasting water and committing other Unforgivables. They have not seen their parents, whom Dustin believes are away doing research, for over a year and it is Thomas who looks after her younger brother.
When Dustin catches a fever at a party, Thomas takes the opportunity to ask for a long vacation. Together with Thomas' girlfriend Jerusha, the brothers pack for a trip to California where Thomas says their parents are. Along the way, however, the trio encounters various problems which lead them to Twink, someone whose address is circled on their father’s map.
This is a fast paced story that keeps the audience engaged. There is a surprise at every chapter and hints are dropped like bait being dangled at the reader to keep on reading. The book is teemed with interesting terms like Unforgivables, Leftovers, Bootleggers, Water points and Drying.
I enjoyed this book immensely. I found it amusing and entertaining but at the same time scary. The banters between Jerusha and Thomas and between Thomas and Dustin made it amusing while the thought of living with a very limited water supply made it scary.
The author described a dry and chaotic world, where neighbors tell on each other to earn water points, very successfully that reading made me feel extremely thirsty. The writing style was conversational that made for easy reading. Moreover, the author created lovable characters like Thomas, Dustin, Jerusha and Twink, and though I liked Jerusha for her rebellious spirit and smart tongue, my favorite was Dustin, the sweet little boy who turned into adult in a very short period of time.