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Teemestarin kirja (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Emmi Itäranta

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Title:Teemestarin kirja
Authors:Emmi Itäranta
Info:Helsinki : Teos, 2012
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Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta (2012)

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Blurb comparing a book to Ursula LeGuin? Gets me to read it every time...

Yes, I can see where the comparison came from. It probably reminds me most of the feel of LeGuin's 'Annals of the Western Shore' trilogy. The similarity is not so much in actual content, but in what is dwelled on; the themes and pace.

This will also appeal to those looking for post-apocalyptic YA who are interested in more thoughtful, character-oriented stories instead of just action.

The setting is a dystopian future Scandinavia, which has been under an oppressive Chinese (New Qian, that is) rule for generations. Water is mysteriously scarce, and controlled by the corrupt and brutal military junta. Noria is a young woman who has brought up in the tradition of the tea ceremony, a ritual that helps give peace and stability to people whose lives have too little of those elements. She has a secret. Her family knows the location of a secret fresh water spring. When she is left alone in the world, will she choose to keep her knowledge to herself, even as her friends and neighbors go thirsty?

The themes of secrets, knowledge, sharing and trust run through the story, contributing to a lovely and satisfying tale. No, the author is not as masterful as LeGuin - but few are.

I received a copy of this title through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Much appreciation for the book. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Surprisingly stale. The story lacks coherence and believability. I want my end of the world stories to have reasons, not just scenarios. ( )
  2wonderY | Feb 2, 2016 |
Memory of Water is hauntingly lyrical, made me cry, and broke my heart. What might happen in the future if potable water was controlled by the government, and your family ran the town's only tea house?

This book checks all my boxes: central female characters, psychologically complex, science fiction based on science, fiction that makes you think. Probably my favorite novel from 2014.

(I read the English version of this novel.) ( )
  chaiya | Dec 27, 2015 |
When I started reading this book, I had no idea what to expect. I liked the novel a lot, both the contents and the writing.
Tea ceremony, water, thinking of how the past world could have been take a lot of space in Noria Kaito's life (thus in the novel).
Things take an unexpected turn, which also makes it a sad book.

What I missed is a more worked-out outside world. Not only nations amongst each other, but also within the Scandinavian Union / Nee Qian. That would have put things more in perspective / easier to relate to how things were in our time and in the Twilight Century. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Nov 27, 2015 |
In a far future where water has become scarce due to climate change, a young girl tries to master the tea ceremony while keeping the family secret of the underground spring hidden near her house.

This short dystopian novel was well written, slow and elegiac, musing on water and the loss of snow in what was formerly the Scandinavian region. Not a lot happens, but neither does the story unfold exactly the way I expected. While I greatly enjoyed the writing, I found myself wishing the world had been a bit more fleshed out. Clearly China has achieved some kind of global dominance in this future vision, but the details are hazy, perhaps purposefully, since a lot of history has been lost following a general collapse of civilization. Still, there is an obsession with the past; mining the dumps for bits and pieces of old junk that can be reused, Noria and her friend discover an old CD that they figure out how to play and learn about an expedition farther north where there may be water. They also learn a terrible secret, which is never revealed in the text, but which I assume is that the climate change they suffer under was caused by people. Even though the vagueness could be frustrating, I thought this was a rewarding read, quite different from other dystopians featuring a teen protagonist. ( )
  sturlington | Sep 15, 2015 |
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Aleshyn, AndreiCover photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The ceremony is over when there is no more water.
Once the silent space around a secret is shattered, it cannot be made whole again.
Of all silences I had encountered this was the gravest and most inevitable: not the silence of secrets, but of knowing.
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"The award-winning speculative debut novel, now in English for the first time! In the far north of the Scandinavian Union, now occupied by the power state of New Qian, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio studies to become a tea master like her father. It is a position that holds great responsibility and a dangerous secret. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that once provided water for her whole village. When Noria's father dies, the secret of the spring reaches the new military commander. and the power of the army is vast indeed. But the precious water reserve is not the only forbidden knowledge Noria possesses, and resistance is a fine line. Threatened with imprisonment, and with her life at stake, Noria must make an excruciating, dangerous choice between knowledge and freedom"-- "An amazing, award-winning dystopian debut novel by a major new talent"--… (more)

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