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Remnant Population av Elizabeth Moon
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Remnant Population (urspr publ 1996; utgåvan 1997)

av Elizabeth Moon

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When her company relocates to another planet, Ofelia Falfurrias, 70, who expects to be downsized anyway, decides to remain behind. Thus she discovers the planet's population as it emerges from hiding, now that the humans have left. A meeting of cultures.
Medlem:anneanni
Titel:Remnant Population
Författare:Elizabeth Moon
Info:Baen (1997), Paperback, 368 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:***1/2
Taggar:Aliens

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Remnant Population av Elizabeth Moon (1996)

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This books was surprisingly interesting to me. I didn't know what to expect, and it held my attention. It is quite unlike the space opera books by Elizabeth Moon that I have read (the Vatta's war series). It feels like much more mature writing, with deeper issues and more character. I found the main character very intriguing--an old woman who wants to be left alone--and then her encounter, alone, with what is on the planet grew even more interesting. It's not obvious at first, but by the end of the book you realize there are strong moral issues at stake. ( )
1 rösta garyrholt | Nov 5, 2020 |
Fed up with B.S.
refusing to move along
old lady stays home. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
DNFing this - disliked the protagonist from the start and my TBR is already so full. Probably great, just not for me right now.
  Evamaren | Jun 7, 2020 |
Science fiction about an old woman. :D
  dreamweaversunited | Apr 30, 2020 |
Everybody who told me I needed to try one of Elizabeth Moon’s books was right, I really enjoyed this. :) Although the story itself is based on a familiar science fiction trope, it’s one I usually enjoy, and it had some unique elements. It held my attention from beginning to end. Sometimes a certain part of the story would start to feel like it had been going on a bit too long, but then something new would happen to fully recapture my interest again.

The story is told mostly from the perspective of Ofelia, a woman in her 70’s. The protagonist’s age is one of the unique aspects of the book. Although the book appears to be set in the far future, there isn’t any discussion of medical advancement at all. Sometimes books with an older protagonist have that character acting like they were decades younger due to modern medicine or magic or whatever, but Ofelia’s health is about what you’d expect from a person in their 70’s today who has been able to stay mobile and mentally sharp but isn’t getting around as easily as she used to.

Ofelia lives with her son and daughter-in-law as colonists on another planet. Near the beginning of the book, the people sponsoring the colony decides that their efforts are failing and their goals cannot be achieved, so the colonists will be relocated to a different world. Ofelia, who feels under-appreciated and over-bossed by her family and the people around her, doesn’t want to give up her garden and everything else she’s worked so hard at for decades, and she just wants to be left alone to do her own thing and have some peace for a change. Having an entire world to herself sounds great, so she determines she’s going to do whatever she can to get left behind when the colonists are removed from the planet. For anybody who wants a bit more detail about what kind of story this is, although it’s fairly easy to guess, I’m putting it in spoiler tags since it isn’t blatantly revealed until you get a good ways into the book: This is a first contact story.

I really liked Ofelia. She was believable, but quirky and fun. I think many people, regardless of our ages, could identify with some aspects of her personality. I particularly identified with her love of solitude and her desire to just be left alone so she could do what needed to be done in the manner she thought best. This book paints a pretty bleak picture of what humanity will be like in the future. It took certain negative aspects found in today’s societies and depicted them as being even more prevalent, maybe as a cautionary tale to make readers consider their behavior more carefully. The way women were treated across the board particularly made this book feel older than its 1996 publication date. There’s also a lot of ageism and “educationism”, by which made up word I mean that characters who lacked a formal higher education were dismissed out of hand because they couldn’t possibly know anything about anything.

This is a complete story that stands alone, and I was very satisfied with how it ended. It’s been quite a while since I last read the type of science fiction story described in my spoiler tag above, so it was great to read another one. I had quite a bit going on in the real world, so it’s probably a reflection on how good this book is that it held my attention so well when I had time to sit and read it. ( )
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