Remnant Population

Elizabeth Moon
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First Contact, Featuring a Strong-Minded Elderly Woman


Remnant Population is an interesting story of first contact, featuring a non-traditional heroine. The elderly Ofelia, who stayed behind after the departure of her entire community, has a strong voice and a personality that is believable and sympathetic. The indigenous race was too similar to human for my personal tastes, but I enjoyed reading about their language and culture. For me, the biggest weakness of the novel was the heavy-handedness with which it made its points, particularly in the latter part of the book. Aside from that, I found Remnant Population to be a fairly light, entertaining story and well worth reading.

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