(ISBN 1566562333) is a
1994 children's picture book by the author Gary Crew
and illustrated by Steven Woolman.
place in Preston Beach, Western
The book tells the story of Spike and Bubba, two teenagers who
explore the town's mysterious watertower: an egg-shaped tank with
iron-rusted legs, standing on Shooter's Hill and casting an immense
shadow over the valley and Preston Beach. Its origins and purpose
are not made clear in the book. The narrative weaves an intriguing
mystery which is left unresolved and ambiguous at the end of the
The book follows the codes and conventions of a subgenre of science
fiction, known as gothic science fiction. It involves a 'pleasing
sort of terror' related to gothic tradition but it also has
references to technology corrupting life. This is represented
through the illustrations of satellites on several pages.
What is the WaterTower : The water tower is in the book depicted as
a subtle overseeing obstacle over looking the town of Preston. Many
theories have come about however of what it is and what it actually
does in the story. If you look closely in the last few pages, you
will see large srub that look like a type of talon or claw. Note
the large tree in which Bubba sits under before he is found by
Spike. In the Last 5 pages, he progressively moves towards the
centre and underneath the watertower. You can tell this by his
reflection in his eye as the shape of the watertower is present.
Spike then sees him climb out of the tank and he is surrounded by a
eerie green light underneath him. If we were to check back to the
front cover it is shown that the water tower has a green beam like
structure which could be a result of a particle beam from a space
ship. It is suggested that he has been abducted by an alien space
craft in the shape of the watertower and then tagged on the last
page because of the symbolic eye symbol on his hand and in his eyes
like everyone else in the town.
Theory 2 is that the water tower is emitting radio waves which is
interrupting the brain waves of the citizens of Preston. But that
seems less likely.
The last one, is the algae in the tank which is festering may be a
parasite and attacks Bubba, but that does not explain how he got
from under the tank into it. Nor the same semi circle in everyone's
eyes and on the town water supply.If you wanted to get involved
deeply, notice the huge satellites in the town. For many reasons
they could be there but the more realistic one would be that the
acted as giant transmitters which guided the now watertank into
Preston.But the real answer maybe a lot different again. There is
nothing stopping the idea that the towns people are like the
townsfolk of "Resident Evil 2". The way they always are looking at
the tower in wait.