A third world single mom works remote roboter operation in a UN refugee camp. She discovers an injured man on the moon mirroring the camp’s eponymous water thief. She has to decide to work for or against the system.
I haven’t read the novel, so much of the background was lost for me. Even in those 10 pages, Reynolds could have motivated the protagonist’s change of heart, but he failed. I found the story quite predictable, characterization wasn’t good and world-building didn’t feel fresh.
Meta: ISFDB. First published February 2012 in Arc 1.1: The Future Aways Wins. Set in the Blue Remembered Earth universe. I’ve read it in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection