Author(s): Jane Abbott
When the only currency of value is water, the world is a cruel and parched home. We knew it was coming but just didn't get prepared enough and now extreme weather is the norm. Parts of the earth are subjected to continuous torrential rain, others have become so parched spontaneous fires have razed the earth. Extreme weather creates extreme behaviour and a need for new rulers and ways of governing and keeping the peace, if you want to call it that. After a horrific journey and the careful nurturing of his grandparents Jeremiah, Jem', comes to live in the Citadel where the payment for all work is measured out in cups of water. Because he has been taught to read, Jem becomes a member of the small and secretive group of Watchmen. Their job is to control the Dissidents who roam within and without the walls of the Citadel stirring up trouble. They are generally at odds with the Guardsmen who control life, directed by the Tower Council, within the walls of the Citadel. There are also Godders in the community. Jem's loving grandparents have left their grandson with a very large weakness, they have taught him to care ...It is impossible to know who is friend or foe, hero or
A single mother of two teenaged boys, Jane was born in the UK, raised in the leafy suburbs of Sydney's North Shore, and now divides her time between Melbourne and central Victoria. Jillaroo, nurse, secretary, short-time teacher, office administrator (followed by a reluctant career in marketing), she has tried her hand at most things and lived in many places. Her second manuscript, Watershed, was written in 2013; it received a Commendation in the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and secured Jane a place in the ACT Writers' Hardcopy Professional Development Program for Australian Writers (Fiction Edition), where she met her future literary agent.