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Waterfall (The Water Crisis Chronicles #1) by Amber Garr
Published:June 2015


The water is gone. The wars have begun.

Clean water is a luxury most can no longer afford. Climate change, industrial sabotage, and greed have turned country against country as each one tries to provide for its citizens. Terrorist groups target desalinization plants and frustrated governments hunt those who work against them. Rationing, sequestering, and patrolling have become routine at a time when there are too many people and not enough resources.

While the world around them disintegrates into chaos, Zach and Vivienne hope that their life in a government-run complex will retain some semblance of normalcy. But when attacks on their water supplies bring war to their sheltered community, they must accept their new fate. Stay and fight or flee and endure—it’s a difficult decision with lasting consequences.

Will they choose what’s safe? Or will they choose to survive?


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The Story Behind The Water Crisis Chronicles

As you probably already know, I’ve worked as a scientist in my other life. Over the years, my 
research has often focused on the conservation and restoration of aquatic species. And a lot of 
that time, their issues have stemmed from contaminated water or excess pollution in the 
environment.

For several years, I’ve wanted to write a book about what would happen to the world when 
humans began fighting over drinking water. And I say began, but really, it has already begun. Do 
you know you have to purchase water rights in some states out west when you buy property? 
Have you ever experienced water restrictions in your neighborhood? Or did you know that 
several countries are already considered water-stressed? It’s happening, and just to show you 
how scary it is, here are some facts to consider:

1) 1 billion people currently don’t have access to clean drinking water.

2) 3.4 million people die from water related diseases each year.

3) By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in a water-stressed county.

4) An American taking a 5 minute shower uses more water than the average person living 

in a developing country uses in an entire day.

5) Over 260 river basins are shared by two or more countries without adequate legal or 

institutional arrangements regarding water utilization.

6) By 2020, California will face a water shortage as great as the amount they consume 

today.

Worried yet? I know I am. So anyway…back to Waterfall.  What will happen when the water 
disappears? How will society react? What unique science may evolve out of this type of tragedy? 
All questions I’ve asked myself for years and then had a chance to answer (or hint at) in this 
series. 

I also wanted to highlight the idea of friendship and romance rising up out of the chaos. At a time 
when the survivors have to fight for every second of their life, I thought it would be nice for 
them to find some type of comfort in their closest friends. No time for love triangles or petty 
games when you’re being hunted!

So as you read this series and start thinking more about the water shortages (as I did!), check out 
these sites to see what little things you can do so that some day we aren’t deserters running for 
our lives!




About the Author

Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of the bestselling novels The Syrenka Series, the award-winning Water Crisis Chronicles, The Leila Marx Novels, and the Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie. Find out more atwww.ambergarr.com.

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