My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Adri has been picked to start a colony on Mars. In the year 2065, the coastal cities of Earth are flooded as the ice caps melt, and much of civilization has moved inland, to Kansas. Adri heads there to be near the headquarters for the colonization project, and to stay with the only living relative she has left, a woman over 100 that she has never met.
Always quiet and reserved, Adri worries that her new relation will misunderstand her as rude, but Lily talks enough for both of them. Though age is catching up with her and she is beginning to forget things, Adri finds a connection with Lily, and with Galapagos, her pet tortoise. Adri also makes a connection with the previous residents, through a package of letters she finds stashed away.
Through them she learns of the Dust Bowl that drove so many from the plains over a hundred years ago, and the friendship of two girls forged during World War I that persisted through personal and global tragedies, as well as the origin of Galapagos, and the strings that tie them all together.
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