Just came across a review of The Last Stormlord which looks at it more from a "can we learn anything from it" perspective.
True, the waterless background was there because I think it is a real possibility for the future, especially in parts of Australia, Africa and America, but basically I just wanted to write an unputdownable (is there such a word?) tale. So I am glad the reviewer ended the review with "a most enjoyable read"!
The blog site is called ReadPlus, a superb resource for Australian teachers and librarians. I wouldn't advise anyone taking a look at the review if they intended to read the book for their own pleasure, as it is aimed at giving teachers an idea of the book's suitability for kids - and more or less gives away a lot of the plot.
If you are a teacher/librarian, though, go read the review and see if you think it is something your kids would like to read.
Apart from saying what it is about, the reviewer (Mark Knight) says:
(Ages 12+) Glenda Larke has done what should have been more than obvious to many: she's created a world where water is the most valued commodity. It is controlled and regulated by the state and not just water but the rain and where it falls.
The use of water as the ultimate resource is timely. There are already alarm bells ringing in Australia about water supply and like many in the Scarpen Quarter, who control the rain, complacency seems to take precedence over action. Glenda Larke has drawn her characters well, there is enough depth of emotion in them all to be believably human and enough insight into their various roles to see the reason behind their differing view points. A most enjoyable (600+ page) read.
The bit that really tickled me was this, right at the end:
I hope she (the author) doesn't run out of steam in what I presume will be a trilogy.
So do I, Mark, so do I. Lol...