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Moon, Elizabeth: Remnant Population

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Remnant Population (1996)
Author: Elizabeth Moon
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 339 (hardcover)
Series: Stand-Alone

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Read For: The Women of Science Fiction book club

So, as you can see, this book was a book club read. I've never really heard about Elizabeth Moon before, but she was a named I recognized; I work at a book store and you just pick up author names. Her books never really caught my attention though, and I've never really read reviews of them anywhere, so I had no idea what to expect from this book when I started. (I *did* think the cover was kind of pretty though.) Basically, I had no expectations, which isn't a bad way to go into a book.

Well, it's probably good I didn't have any expectations, because they might have been squandered by this slow-paced book, but, *because* I had no hopes to squander, this ended up not being THAT bad either.

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Final Verdict: I'm not too sure how I feel about this book. I guess you could encapsulate it with the word "meh". I didn't dislike, but it's definitely not one of my favorite books ever. Ofelia's a good person, and a character you can't help but root for (she's kind of surrounded by assholes), but she was only really memorable in that she was an elderly character in a science-fiction novel, something I've never seen done before (though I think it was handled well -- just didn't rivet me, y'know?) The story was all right as well, but it was ssllllooowww, and thus I found myself skimming quite a bit. However, except for the slow pace, there's nothing really WRONG with this novel. It just didn't blow my mind or anything. I'm thankful I borrowed it from the library instead of buying it.

Cover Commentary: I really like the cover I have pictured above. It's all colorful and pretty to look at, and a helluva lot better than the cover of the edition I read, which looked like this. Eurk. What is with old fantasy/science-fiction covers looking like garbage? I mean, I know that cover is very fitting for the story, but it's just ugly. D:

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