For forty years, Colony 3245.12 has been Ofelia’s home. On this planet far away in space and time from the world of her youth, she has lived and loved, weathered the death of her husband, raised her one surviving child, lovingly tended her garden, and grown placidly old. And it is here that she fully expects to finish out her days - until the shifting corporate fortunes of the Sims Bancorp Company dictates that Colony 3245.12 is to be disbanded, its residents shipped off, deep in cryo-sleep, to somewhere new and strange and not of their choosing. But while her fellow colonists grudgingly anticipate a difficult readjustment on some distant world, Ofelia savors the promise of a golden opportunity. Not starting over in the hurly-burly of a new community...but closing out her life in blissful solitude, in the place she has no intention of leaving. A population of one.
With everything she needs to sustain her, and her independent spirit to buoy her, Ofelia actually does start life over - for the first time on her own terms: free of the demands, the judgments, and the petty tyrannies of others. But when a reconnaissance ship returns to her idyllic domain, and its crew is mysteriously slaughtered, Ofelia realizes she is not the sole inhabitant of her paradise after all. And, when the inevitable time of first contact finally arrives, she will find her life changed yet again - in ways she could never have imagined....
©1996 Elizabeth Moon (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat and try to be just like Ofelia! Remnant Population isn't a perfect book, but it sure has a wonderful protagonist and one unlike any I have previously come across in Sci-Fi. Ofelia has traveled the stars in her lifetime but doesn't begin her real personal journey until the age of 70, and Remnant Population is the story of that amazing personal evolution. Most sci-fi lovers will enjoy the second 1/2 of this novel, but you should be aware that this is a much more character driven novel than most science fiction, although plot and setting play a much larger role in the second half of the book. However, the first half of the book may feel like a bit of a slog for someone looking for traditional sci-fi - there is almost no action. It takes the author a full 2 hours to set up the story, another hour before any suspense is introduced, and another 2 hours after that before the real action begins. After a very gradual buildup, the entire second half of the book is chock-full of both characters and drama that are totally engaging. There is a reason for Moon's slow movement into the real meat of the story - without the introductory setup, you can't fully appreciate how and why Ofelia changes the way she does and why she is oddly the right person in the right place at the right time to take on a very hard and weird job. I can appreciate Moon's craftsmanship, but I still felt a bit like a desert nomad who finally reaches an amazing oasis when I came to the second half of the book. In the final analysis, I'd recommend Remnant Population to anyone who has a little patience and loves good sci-fi with great characters, but just go in prepared for a very slow start. Ofelia is a gem of a character - she really is worth the wait to get to know her.
Vanessa Hart's narration is perfect. She has a nice voice, with a nice rhythm. She sets a fairly brisk pace which is very good for the slower section of the book. She handles the "alien" language really well and, without actually sounding old, Hart sounds worldly-wise just like I think Ofelia would sound.
I love this story, ever since I first read it and was thrilled to find it here on Audible. The narrator's voice has a wonderful 'aged' timbre and fits the character. It may be Science Fiction but has the universal themes of being in charge of one's own destiny and how the choices one makes to interact with 'new people' has long lasting repercussions. Elderly heroines are rare and this one is well worth remembering.
I love the way the author has in telling this story. After listening to the whole thing I want to turn around and listen to it again. I already miss the characters and can see how this planet will develop into something wonderful.
I have loved this book since I first read it years ago. The story is interesting and though I didn't quite enjoy the narration as well as some others it was still very good.
Unusual story, endearing characters that I just wanted to be with. As soon as I finished it, I played it again and was equally as charmed and delighted by the second hearing as the first.
The babies, I wanted to cuddle them too. Actually I loved all the characters even the son and daughter-in-law and especially the 70 year old lady who made me look at my grandma in a very different way.
She was just great. Trying to pronounce those alien words when you are reading them can be frustrating but hearing them doesn't interupt the story flow and Ms Hart does a great job of that. Her voice is soft and a little smokey and not overly dramatic. For this story she was a great pleasure to listen to.
Really extreme for me. Listened twice in a row, the first time non stop and I'm writing this review without being asked to by Audible :) Never done that before.
Ms Elizabeth Moon has written a wonderful book, wish I had discovered it before. Give yourself a great treat and listen to this lovely story that will stay with you for a long time.
This book started very slow and I almost put it down several times. Ended up being worthwhile.
Narration was very good
This is a book about an elderly woman who chooses to stay on a planet when all the other colonists leave, then finds that she is living on a planet that is inhabited by an intelligent native species. Everything is hunky dory until years later, when colonists come back and there is a conflict between the new colonists and the natives.
I liked parts of this story, particularly how the old woman survives on her own and meets the natives for the first time. I also liked how the story dealt with the different level of technologies between both sides and the reasons for it.
What I didn't like was how stupid and unreasonable both parties were. At one point, the humans accidentally kill a bunch of natives. It's clearly an accident and the natives understand it's an accident, but for some reason they are hell-bent on taking revenge.
The humans don't fare much better, every human besides the main character is either comically stupid or arrogant. Towards the end of the book, there is one particular character who makes a whole series of irrational decisions, which ultimately leads to his demise. I just didn't find him to be believable at all, along with most of the other humans.
I've read many sci-fi stories about first contact, and this book is solidly on the weaker side of the genre.
Although, I don't prefer Moon's fantasy in general, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The blend of sci-fi, survivor story and character study was very engaging. I enjoyed becoming attached to the characters, interested in their perspectives and invested in their destinies. Delightful.
"One of the all time great stories"
Great story. Well written, an alternative to the classic humans meet aliens. Heart warming.
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