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....
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"Refreshing, different, enduring"
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.
"Sci-Fi for the Red Hat Society"
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.
"THERE ARE NO BAD PARTS IN REMNANT POPULATION"
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.
"Grey Power Rules!"
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.
"tedious at first, but ends up being a good book"
This book started very slow and I almost put it down several times. Ended up being worthwhile.
Narration was very good
"Second time even better"
A great author's stories can be read at any time - today and/or in the future - and still pertain to the day's issues. Read this!
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.
"Seventy-year-old makes first contact"
Ofelia is in her seventies, no longer considered a useful colonist, and considered more of an embarrassment than a help by her one remaining child and his disagreeable wife. So when the company decides to abandon as unprofitable the colony world where Ofelia has spent the last 40 years of her life working, she decides to stay behind and live out her remaining years alone in peace for once. This works pretty well for her until members of an intelligent indigenous species discover her there, and suddenly she is the first human to make contact with a completely new alien race. She finds ways to communicate, and helps teach them the basics of the human technology that was left behind. Eventually a team from the government is sent to make official contact, and Ofelia finds herself caught in between the aliens, who she's come to view as friends, and the official team, who see her actions in sharing human knowledge as irresponsible and borderline traitorous to humanity.
Overall really liked this book, Ofelia is an unusual protagonist and pleasantly three-dimensional, and the aliens are very well described and very alien. The one thing that annoyed me is the outright stupidity of the team of supposed alien experts sent by the government for supposedly the most important alien contact in the history of ever. They are just ridiculously incompetent for the most part, which made it seem like a contrivance for many of the problems Ofelia has to sort out. Nonetheless, apart from that I really enjoyed the book and the feisty protagonist with her excellently characterized alien friends.
"The sci-fi setting is secondary to the story . . ."
. . . as the story is really about an almost 80-year-old heroine who just wants to be left alone after a lifetime of living her life for others - of being told what to do and when to do it and of having to live her life within the (unwanted) constraints of her society.
I loved this story - maybe because I too sometimes just want to be left alone (which may very well come across as being a crotchety old woman!).
I enjoyed the development of the character and think the setting of a colonized world is really secondary to the storyline. It's a story that addresses an old woman's need to be true to herself. I think of some of the Red Hat Ladies I have known and think that they would enjoy this story - breaking with society's "norms" to be true to your inner voice.
The narration was wonderful and I can't imagine how difficult it was to have to "speak" a language that involves clicks and clacks.
I would recommend this book to any woman of a particular age who understands what it means to just want to be left alone.
"love, love, love this book!!!"
This is one of the most memorable books I've listened to in a very long time.I want to go to that world and learn, play, become Ofilia.
This book was so satisfying, I didn't want the book to end, So, so, so much fun!!! Enjoy, well worth your money/credit!!!
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