By Jason Tesar
In a society the place morals are decided through a public opinion process, and social score is the foreign money, fact could be a harmful thought. Sixteen-year-old Rena has few stories of her adolescence ahead of adoption. A wooded area teeming with flora and fauna. Mountains achieving as much as a blue sky. The voice of the fellow who raised her. The problem—they’re no longer actual. Such issues don’t exist in Esh, a self-governed city protected against the tough surroundings through a clear cover. And past town is just the Barrens, an unending wilderness of fog and freezing rain. while Rena’s violent instincts store the lives of her acquaintances, her delusional previous starts disrupting her customers for the longer term. to discover the resource of her impulses, she’ll need to variety during the fragments in her brain. yet what awaits is a connection among her precise identification, the city’s forgotten previous, and the key warfare being waged underneath the skin of her well mannered society.
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She knew this kind of killing. She’d seen it before. Everything about it was a feedback loop, building itself into something bigger and more horrifying. She wondered if she had already been picked out, if it was already too late to run. She fled the scene, wondering if the city was finally going to drag her down and swallow her, just as it had swallowed Jamie. Who did this to you, Jamie? she wondered as she fled. And then, the more important question: What did you tell them about me? indd 35 1/20/15 1:34 PM chapter 3 A ragged gouge cut the face of the Red Cross/China Friendship water pump—some kind of tool dug in, furrowing carbon plastics like her daddy’s plow had once ripped San Antonio dirt, except deeper, and more angry.
You just got to meet up with us,” Sarah had said. “Smile at whatever he’s talking about. Make him feel like he’s a big man. He’s, like, into water and shit. Loves talking about drill rigs and groundwater. indd 43 1/20/15 1:34 PM t h e wat e r k n i f e But to Maria’s surprise, she did care. And the more the fiver talked, the more it became apparent to her that men like him saw the world through different eyes than her father had. Maria’s father had seen the world cloudy, but this hydrologist saw the world clear.
She revved the engine, trying to remember the last time she’d changed the filters on its intakes, hoping it wouldn’t clog and die. She switched on storm lights and pulled out, bumping down the potholed street more by memory than sight. It was nearly impossible to drive, even with the big storm lights blazing low from the truck. The street ahead disappeared into a wall of roiling dust. She passed other vehicles pulled over, waiting it out. People wiser than she. Lucy drove slowly, inching along side streets, wondering why she bothered, knowing she couldn’t get good art in a storm like this, yet still compelled to press on, even as winds threatened to pitch her Ford off the road.