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Red Mars
Kim Stanley Robinson, Richard Ferrone
Not a Drop to Drink -

Water can no longer be taken for granted. Lynn, 16, lives with her Mother far away from the city. It's been years since the shortages drove them to hide away in a lonely farmhouse. She's trained Lynn to be completely ruthless killer, while quoting poetry and teaching her how to survive the unnamed apocalypse.   


They guard their small pond of water against wanderers, and their nearest neighbor, Stebbs, who lives across the field.  Mother refers to him as asshole, but the closest she gets to him is through the scope of her rifle.


Lynn begins slowly to make friends with neighbours, who had escaped recently from the city. She finds she has a conscience after all


When Lynn quotes William Butler Yeats, and her love interest, Eli, recognizes it, my suspension of disbelief evaporated like the water in this story. It also turns out Lynn is gorgeous, but since she'd never met anyone before, she's so modest. She doesn't understand small talk or flirting. But Eli's there to teach her, and teach her that she's so good looking. Luckily he's good looking too.


The book has several moments of shocking violence, that don't fit the tone of rest of the book, but make it less run of the mill, and overall more bearable. Lynn is a cold stone killer, but I'm glad she does have moments of happiness, or else this book would have been too bleak.


I listened to the audiobook and it was well read by Cassandra Campbell, who voiced several distinctive characters and could believe they were different people.