By M. K. Wren
Within the twenty first Century, civilization is crumbling less than the load of overpopulation, fiscal chaos, petty wars, a bad pandemic, and eventually, a nuclear warfare that necessarily ends up in a dangerous nuclear winter.
On the Oregon Coast, ladies, author Mary desire and painter Rachel Morrow, scratch out a minimum life as farmers. In what little time is out there to them, they embark at the undertaking that they wish will supply the reward of information to destiny generations of survivors—the upkeep of the books: these to be had from their very own collections and any they locate at close by deserted houses.
For years, Mary and Rachel are happy to hard work at this job of their solitude, yet an afternoon comes after they come upon a tender guy who comes from a gaggle of survivors at the southern coast. They name their group the Ark. an exceptionally hopeful assembly, it could possibly look, till Rachel and Mary become aware of 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