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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.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy on 03-13-13

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mim on 03-18-13

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-29-16

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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4 out of 5 stars
By gam on 08-05-17

Good but....

I really like Elizabeth Moon's writing and prefer her stand alone book to the series. thought the idea of having an older woman who is not white skinned a great idea. loved the main character's obersvations on her neighbours and family.
The last part of the book let it down, the ending was good but the last group of characters did not seem to be real people.
Overall really enjoyed the book.

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