The Waters Rising

Sheri S. Tepper, Eos, $26.99 (512p) ISBN 978-0-06-195887-8
The Earth of this futuristic fable is still scarred by the "Big Kill," the disastrous crescendo of our civilization that all but obliterated terrestrial life. Now a new threat has appeared in the form of rising sea levels, a process that appears unbounded by such petty concerns as a plausible source for all that water. Xulai, initially an unimportant and expendable young girl, encounters a specter from the days of Big Kill, an entity bent on preventing Xulai from realizing her potential role in the salvation of humanity. "Ecofeminist" Tepper (The Margarets) balances pointed criticisms of our era with a calamity that appears to owe far more to Genesis than to science, but the writing is slick and carefully crafted, Xulai has plenty of pluck, and her companions possess a nearly ideal mixture of virtues, flaws, and enthusiasm for redemptive sacrifice. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/26/2010
Release date: 08/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 420 pages - 978-0-575-09493-2
Paperback - 498 pages - 978-0-06-195885-4
Paperback - 420 pages - 978-0-575-09495-6
Ebook - 512 pages - 978-0-06-200873-2
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