Memory of Water

Memory of Water

[a Novel]

Book - 2014
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An amazing, award-winning speculative fiction debut novel by a major new talent, in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Global warming has changed the world's geography and its politics. Wars are waged over water, and China rules Europe, including the Scandinavian Union, which is occupied by the power state of New Qian. In this far north place, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio is learning to become a tea master like her father, a position that holds great responsibility and great secrets. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that Noria's father tends, which once provided water for her whole village.

But secrets do not stay hidden forever, and after her father's death the army starts watching their town--and Noria. And as water becomes even scarcer, Noria must choose between safety and striking out, between knowledge and kinship.

Imaginative and engaging, lyrical and poignant, Memory of Water is an indelible novel that portrays a future that is all too possible.

Publisher: New York : Harper Voyager, c2014.
ISBN: 9780062326157
Branch Call Number: FICTION ITA
Characteristics: 266 p. ; 21 cm.

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kengcampbell
Apr 28, 2017

Sometimes a story is well developed and then simply disappears.

Michael Colford Nov 24, 2016

A dark future, where potable water is scarce, and seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio struggles to learn the secrets of the past to determine how the world came to be the way it is. While learning to become a tea master and eventually take over for her father, Noria learns of the dangerous secret that puts her at risk with the government. She also discovers old technology that reveals even more secrets that she finally must act upon in the hopes that knowledge will help to change the world.

Emmi Itäranta is a talented writer, weaving together sentences that create stunning visuals. Memory of Water weaves and falls like water ultimately seeking it's destination. Noria is a wonderful character, both reflective and proactive, and the future Emmi paints is intricate and fascinating.

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rebmartin31
Jun 01, 2016

An interesting conceit (perhaps an ominous forboding for California), but I don't think it had the oomph to excel into real hard-hitting dystopian/speculative/etc. fiction.

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amalyndb
Jan 16, 2016

In Memory of Water, words flow together, revealing a future post-oil world in which water is scarce and rationed.

Reminiscent of Smilla's Sense of Snow, in the lyric quality of the prose, the profound stillness of spaces exterior and internal that is communicated.

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IV27HUjg
Nov 07, 2015

Mildly interesting & leaning more to teens I suppose. The premise is excellent as water will probably be the greatest commodity in the future. Tea ceremonies? Maybe some understand this concept. Recycling - oh ya, get that part.

luinealaRPL Jul 25, 2014

In this future water is scarce, and tightly controlled by an oppressive military. This isn't your average dystopian novel though; it's more meditative than action-packed, and its focus is more on the characters - their motivations and choices - rather than the world itself. Despite that, it's still a page-turner. I loved the tone of the writing - it's lyrical and elegiac. If you like dystopian books, but are looking for something that doesn't follow the usual conventions, pick this one up.

A haunting coming of age story set in a dystopian Scandinavian future. The story unfolds around 17 year old Noria, her community's newly minted (and first) female Tea Master. The responsibilities and choices she must make as she takes on her new responsibilities and discovers long hidden secrets become increasingly hard and perilously dangerous. Written for adults but will appeal to older teens.

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