The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi Summary & Review


Paolo Bacigalupi. Bacigalupi. He’s Portuguese, and I have a lot of fun saying his name. Bacigalupi! 🙂 Also, he wrote a book called The Water Knife, which I recently read and very much enjoyed. I had previously read a great book by Bacigalupi called The Windup Girl, and his writing has only gotten better in this most recent publication. I expected The Water Knife to be a fantasy story about a magical knife made of water, but that’s not at all the case. It’s based on a short story called The Tamarisk Hunters, which, ironically, I read a couple of years ago in one of my favorite volumes of short stories. Little did I know back then that I was reading the germ of an idea that Bacigalupi would use to later write this full-length novel.

The story follows three primary characters: the water knife himself, Angel (who is a type of hit man/right-hand man to the most powerful woman controlling Las Vegas water), Lucy Monroe (a freelance journalist seeking to document the downfall of Arizona due to all the corruption in the water war), and Maria (a young orphaned woman desperately seeking a way out of the chaos).

Bacigalupi weaves an addictive tale that will surprise you, not to mention give you a new perspective on water and its usage, especially if you live in the southwest of the United States of America.  Regardless of where you live The Water Knife is a thrilling story with superb characterization and a plot that flows forward like a large river running downhill.

I highly recommend this book and hope that you enjoy this video summary and review. Please leave your thoughts. Read more on this book here.

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