By M. K. Wren
Within the twenty first Century, civilization is crumbling less than the weight of overpopulation, monetary chaos, petty wars, a terrible pandemic, and eventually, a nuclear warfare that necessarily ends up in a perilous nuclear winter.
On the Oregon Coast, girls, author Mary wish and painter Rachel Morrow, scratch out a minimum lifestyles as farmers. In what little time is obtainable to them, they embark at the venture that they wish will supply the reward of data to destiny generations of survivors—the upkeep of the books: these to be had from their very own collections and any they locate at within reach deserted houses.
For years, Mary and Rachel are happy to hard work at this job of their solitude, yet an afternoon comes once they come upon a tender guy who comes from a bunch of survivors at the southern coast. They name their group the Ark. an extremely hopeful assembly, it might probably look, until eventually Rachel and Mary detect that the Arkites think in just one book—the Judeo-Christian bible—and regard all different books as blasphemous.
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A Gift Upon the Shore by M. K. Wren