The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi is my first nominee for Book of the Year 2016.
Mr. Bacigalupi’s last few books have been YA. This is his first adult novel since The Windup Girl, which I also highly recommend.
The Water Knife is set in the near future where the southwestern states wage a cold – and sometimes hot – war over water rights. It is a pre-apocalyptic world, and these are the first steps to the end.
The three main characters are a journalist, a refugee and an operative who show us different aspects of the world in this time. As always, I try to avoid spoilers here, so all I will say is that The Water Knife is as much as thriller as it is a warning of what realistically could happen. Great book, highly recommended.