The Water Thief
"Profound... sure to spark a reaction" and "scathing, ceaselessly engaging"- Kirkus Reviews
"A brilliant rebuttal of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged" - Clarion Reviews
"A powerful saga that deserves to be in every school and debated by any who question authority and elements of freedom in society." - Midwest Book Review
CHARLES THATCHER is a private citizen, which is to say that he’s the private property of the Ackermen Brothers Securities Corporation. He’s got problems: the cost of air is going up, his wife wants to sell herself to another corporation, and his colleagues are always trying to get him tossed into the lye vats.
But when he discovers a woman stealing rainwater, he sees his chance to move up in the world, maybe even become an executive. He reports her, spinning a picture, not just of a thief, but of a seditionist and revolutionary, someone who believes in that long-dead institution called “government.”
Then she vanishes.
Overcome with guilt, he tries to track her down. What he discovers is an underground movement every bit as seditious as the one he had imagined.
But as he becomes enamored with their cause and with life outside his corporation, Charles must contend with a larger truth; in a world where everything is for sale and lies are more profitable than the truth, even a group of revolutionaries can have something to hide.
Winner of The Kirkus Star
Finalist, ForeWord Firsts
- Nicholas Lamar Soutter, April 2012
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