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Only He Can Bring What They Need to Survive.

In 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it, control everything. They’ll do anything to maintain their power—deceiving, dividing families, banning love … killing those who oppose them. Above all, they seek to control knowledge and communication—ensuring the truth that will bring their downfall will never be known. But one person verges on discovering it all.

Sixteen-year-old Luca becomes the Deliverer, the one chosen to make the yearly pilgrimage: He must descend to the domain of the hideous ‘Water Rats,’ creatures who mine the essential water and pump it to the desperate ‘Toppers,’ in exchange for light. But when Luca meets a Water Rat who captures his heart and leads him to secrets—secrets about a vast conspiracy, and about himself—the net around him tightens.

Luca and those around him must uncover and share the truth needed to overthrow tyranny—even as they fight for their lives.