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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"-- "An amazing, award-winning dystopian debut novel by a major new talent"--… (more)
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  Levitara | Apr 5, 2024 |
This was a strange and atmospheric book. It is set in an indefinite future when water is scarce and all sources are controlled. The described culture has a special place for its tea masters and the main character grows up to become one. But, with that knowledge come also the burden of secrets.

I loved the beautiful language and character-building, but world-building was vague and felt incomplete.

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  ZeljanaMaricFerli | Mar 4, 2024 |
Beautiful, poetic and sad, but with an undertone of hope. I enjoyed this book very much. ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
It's interesting to read a dystopian book that doesn't include bows and arrows, science experiments, love triangles, and drug abuse. Memory of Water is beautifully written and thought provoking. It has a strong female lead and a strong message...

Sometimes strength is quiet. ( )
  juliais_bookluvr | Mar 9, 2023 |
My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/ohz-_LjekBA

Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | Jan 6, 2023 |
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Itäranta, EmmiAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aleshyn, AndreiCover photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Itäranta, EmmiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, AdamCover designersecondary 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"-- "An amazing, award-winning dystopian debut novel by a major new talent"--

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