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The Drylands

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  5 reviews
After years without rain, disaster lay ahead for the Pacific Northwest—unless the strange talents born of the drought could stop it.

DROUGHT had come to the 21st century, and the land way dying. Crops failed, refugee camps over-flowed, and riots raged across the country—and the Army Corps of Engineers had the dirty job of rationing what little water was left.

Carter Voltaire
Mass Market Paperback, 279 pages
Published February 22nd 1993 by Del Rey
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Dennise Sleeper
There has not been rain for years and the world has dried up. Crops raised on freshwater, fed by soaker hoses, struggle to remain alive each day along with their human caretakers. Crops raised on saltwater provide a food source at a cost that destroys the land and damages their custodians. Freshwater is piped and micro managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Voltaire, a young Corp officer is transferred to The Dallas and is given charge of the Columbia Riverbed Pipeline. He’s thrown in the middle
Mary Rosenblum wrote a few scifi novels and all (of the ones that I read) included an aspect of psi (e.g. the main character had psychic abilities.) And I love that kind of stuff, as you'll see if you read other reviews by me. The author went on to write mysteries: maybe she felt that she was more successful in that genre.
This was a first novel!?! Geez! Many first novels I've read are kind of flawed, but this one was excellent! Yes, it was kind of depressing, but still a damn fine story with real people and real feelings. Definitely an enjoyable and compelling read.
This was an excellent book back when I read it. Strange to think that with the water shortages the west is facing and global warming this might not be too far away from happening. Still waiting for a movie version =)
Read this book a long time ago and enjoyed it.
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