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Memory of Water (2012)

by Emmi Itäranta

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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.… (more)
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This story is a slow burner in a future climate changed world, with portents dribbled out sparingly.
The writing is accomplished with fleshed out characters, but a bit drawn out in inundating one in thoughts of water, snow and ice of a distant past, heat, and insects; and the descriptive text is verbose more often than not.

Nevertheless, the story held my attention, at my point in life evoking a doleful feeling overall. ( )
  LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
Olin kuullut kirjasta paljon hyvää ja sorruin ostamaan Hesassa ollessani. Eikä pettänyt tämä kirja. ( )
  RankkaApina | Feb 22, 2021 |
Felt like a young adult book to me but but I struggle to explain why. The protagonist is a young adult but that doesn't explain it. I liked the slow pace and the tough ending, the water and the tea, but the village didn't really come alive for me. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Melancholic but enjoyable. ( )
  nick4998 | Oct 31, 2020 |
5 Stars - I was blown away with the impact of the story and the way it is told. It is set in a future Finland now known as the Scandinavian Union at least several hundred years or more from now. Water is scarce, and this is the story of a Tea Master's daughter as she trains and eventually becomes a Tea Master. That doesn't sound interesting, but the building of the world of the story, the people, and the mystery of the mostly unknown past along with the preciousness of potable water all turn this into a story which draws you in and keeps you turning pages. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
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Itäranta, Emmiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aleshyn, AndreiCover photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Itäranta, EmmiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Everything is ready now.
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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.

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Dystopian tale
With strong environmental
Message: bleak's the word.
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