Water. It covers almost three-quarters of the planet, comprises more than half the human body, and has become the most coveted resource on Earth. Amaya de los Santos survived the typhoon that left her an orphan. Now she scrapes by as an ice poacher, illegally harvesting fresh water for an always-thirsty market. But when she rescues an injured enemy soldier, she’s pulled into a storm of events more dangerous than any iceberg. After years of relying only on herself, she must learn to trust another…or risk losing all that’s left of her family. Logan Arundson should be dead. After a mysterious attack destroys his military unit, he abandons his Arctic post for his native California, where droughts have made water a religion and a resource worth killing for. But when the water wars follow him home, he must face his frozen demons if he wants to save his town…and the girl he loves. Paul Hayes is heir to an empire. But being vice president of a powerful hydrology company isn’t all gardens and swimming pools: he deals with ice poachers, water rights, and the crushing expectations of his CEO mother. His investigation into company sabotage and the miraculous appearance of a lake in a small California town lead him to a shocking discovery…and an impossible decision. Blue Karma is a story of choices and consequences, humanity and love.
I was contacted by J.K. Ullrich through my email and she asked me to read her book, after looking at its overview I decided it was a book I thought would be an interesting read and agreed to read it and write a review for it as well on here. I live in California so water is a huge issue right now with the drought we are in so this book hit close to home. I found the book extremely interesting in where Ullrich took it and the part that really clicked with me was how plausible the idea was, this very likely could be what we have to deal with in the not so distant future if we don’t start getting wetter winters. All of the characters were well developed and interesting, though being teens sometimes you can’t help, but want to smack them for their choices or behavior (since I am no longer a teen and haven’t been for about 10 years, I still remember making stupid choices, but it’s getting harder to remember why, haha). Human nature factors into this book as well in a big way; how would you react if there was no more water? If buying water would bankrupt you, how would you survive that? How would you handle a flood of immigrants from other countries as well as people from other states that had been evacuated coming in and making it that much harder to get and afford water? I pondered all these questions as I read the book. Would I try to steal it like Logan? Would I legally or illegally work for it like Amaya? Would you turn to religion (more like weird cult in this book)? Would you work for the major monopoly or fight against them? Or would I be like most of the people and just doing what I can to get by? I’m not really sure what I would do, but it’s something to think about. Ullrich has a way of writing that makes you think and sucks you into the story. Right now the book is available on amazon.com for the Kindle.