Alastair Reynolds. The Water Thief. (Arc 1.1)

Against a background of water shortage and climate change, a single mother refugee, ekeing out an existence as a telepresence operator of engineering equipment in the refugee camp in which she lives, finds her response to a thief who has attempting to steal water from the camp is constrasted by a similar incident on the moon, where she has the opportunity to save a life. It’s fine as far as it goes, but sets up the contrast quickly, and doesn’t quite have that extra spark.

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