The publication of the Hunger Games series shaped the dystopia fiction for young adults, and as consequence we have similar, unoriginal, novels. For this reason Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta, a finnish author. seemed to be something original in this scenario.
The novel’s main character, Noria Kaitio, is learning the Tea Master’s art from her father, the Tea Master of their village, in the New Qian state.
In the future when the story is set water is a luxury good, and the distribution is up to the military regime. Noria’s father guards a water spring, and keeps it hidden from the village people and the soldiers; the change of the officers managing the village area will worsen the village situation, and Noria’s family will have to be more careful to keep the spring hidden.
In the end I was disappointed from the novel, mainly for the choice to tell a story set in a culture different from the author’s. The oriental society is quite approximated in their social structures and the Tea art is the only strong feature of the oriental setting. This art was interesting, but it somehow simplify excessively the Chinese culture.
The novel tries too much to be evocative in ideas and narration, but the main result is a main character unperturbed by everything happens to her – this follows the idea of the personification of water, but the narration ends up to be not so much engaging.
Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta ★★★☆☆
*I read this book in English