Nancy Smith is a writer of novels, screenplays and short stories as well as a filmmaker, script analyst, script supervisor. She is owner of First Look Script Analysis. Nancy lives in Austin, Texas
The Slow Killby Nancy Smith
Botanist, Frank Harvey, leads a project for the Wagner Company to build a water pipeline and a hydrofarm to bring new life to the cracked, barren lakebeds that were the primary water supply for Austin, Texas. A biodome over the lake is erected to deter evaporation, but plans to electrify and seal the dome's exterior forcibly separate Frank apart from his wife and six-year-old son. A decade later, Alex Harvey, now sixteen years old, hates the father who abandoned him and his mother to starvation, so Alex's decides it's time for a little revenge.
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Back in the 1980's, I lived in Austin. This near-future novel is set there and relates the result of natural disasters which beset that great city as a result of climate change (drought and exhaustion of the water supply). This story would appeal to any reader who is curious about how global warming/climate change might play out in their daily lives. In this cautionary tale, it plays out with problems with agriculture and the food supply, transportation difficulties, access to health care, collapse of government, cessation of ready communication, problems with the infrastructure for electricity, and, of course, corruption. Ms. Smith's story has numerous plot twists, surprising turns of events, and an interesting but suspenseful. The villains might be a tad overdrawn but the heroes are definitely not! I read this book very quickly and found the story very though-provoking.