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- Print Length: 354 pages
- Publisher: 5280 Press (May 19, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KGK8O9I
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A graduate of the University of Colorado, Hartman earned her MA in Clinical Psychology and her PhD in Behavioral Genetics and worked as a scientist for 15 years. She lives in Denver with her husband, artist Chris Voeller, and has a special fondness for good TV, the desert, aviator sunglasses, and dark roast coffee (decaf, of course, because you do NOT want to be around her when she's caffeinated).
Check out Hartman's books, blog, and events at 5280Press.com. You can also find her on Twitter: @5280_SciFi.
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***** A No Spoilers Review *****
C.A. Hartman’s outstanding first novel, The Refugee, successfully blends myriad science fiction elements into a compelling and interesting story that recalls the genre’s early tales of exploration. There are multiple elements in the novel that that make it both a good read and great science fiction.
First, Hartman creates a world that is both engaging and interesting. It takes place far enough in the future that faster than light technology has been developed but near enough to contemporary time that many of the trappings of our society and culture remain. There is a shaky alliance that exists among four planetary systems including Earth. It is a very loose federation in which the interest of each system generally supersedes the alliance’s best interests. One of the elements in this alliance is Earth’s Starship Cornelia.
It is an USS Enterprise-like vessel; its mission a mixture of military security, exploration and scientific research. However this is where the comparisons end. As we quickly discover all is not “ship-shape” on the Cornelia or with the Alliance. The drama begins with they discover a refugee named Eshel from a nonaligned and extremely xenophobic planet called Korvalis. It is a world whose myopic focus is on researching and manipulating genes. When Eshel requests asylum and to become a crew member of the Cornelia the fun begins!
The second aspect of the story that draws us in is the sophisticated use of genetics as one of the most fascinating sub plots. The use and misuse of genetic research by a variety of people and planets plays a major role in how the story plays out. Of course the catalysts for this are Eshel and the novel’s protagonist, Catherine Finnegan.Read more ›
I was a bit surprised to enjoy the book as much as I did given some past experiences with sci-fi novels. While I love the science (and this one has a good dose, including genetics, which has always fascinated me), I've found the characters in a lot of sci-fi novels to be caricaturish or wooden. The dialog is often stilted or unrealistic. The Refugee, on the other hand, was refreshing in that it introduces a slew of interesting characters and cultures who interact in believable ways. They are also quite clever at times and action oriented, which makes the story even more enjoyable.
The Cornelia’s world is turned upside down when they take on Eshel, a refugee from the closed planet Korvalis, who mysteriously shows up still alive after a lengthy sojourn in space where the rest of his crewmembers died. As Eshel is found to be an expert genetics researcher from his own planet, where the Korvali have raised genetic manipulation to a high art, the leaders of the Alliance become involved in a search for the genetic secrets that Eshel possesses without harming their fragile relationship with the planet Korvalis. Catherine Finnegan, a geneticist on the ship, befriends Eshel, and much of the novel is about the progression of their relationship, as well as Eshel’s attemps to understand and fit in with alien cultures.
While this book has plenty of science in it – especially relating to genetics, the thing that I really liked about it was that it has multi-dimensional characters, realistic dialogue, and multiple female characters who seem like real human beings, not the caricatures of women we often see in sci-fi. I look forward to reading about the further adventures of the Cornelia’s crew in the next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a complex science fiction story that will pull you in quickly. This is the first part of a trilogy and after reading this, I will be on the hunt for the next two... Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Ruetz
This is a very enjoyable book. Nice to have a strong female leading character who nevertheless has enough flaws to make her believably human. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pat G
The Refugee (The Korvali Chronicles Book 1) is the first installment of a series of books by C.A. Hartman. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Keith1phx
I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the 2nd in the series.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I picked up a copy of The Refugee at the Phoenix Comic Con and, honestly, I was hesitant to purchase from an author I was not familiar with. However, Dr. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SR369
I bought my copy from the author at Denver Comic Con 2015 to support local and female artists. But the best part of my purchase..it's a freakin' awesome read! Read morePublished 8 months ago by BedBugK9
This was a great read! The writing was top notch. It also helps that the science seems plausible. The story is paced very well and I was engaged from the very first chapter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Korval House
I don't think I have ever reviewed a piece fiction online. The web, Amazon,and Goodreads just did not exist when I last wrote about a novel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Regular Reader
Loved it! Refreshing new characters, planets, and storyline. I love a novel like this with a female Protagonist, who is smart, strong and sexy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SARAH COLEMAN
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