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Recorder (Children of the Consortium Book 1) by [Cathy McCrumb]

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"Readers looking for hard science fiction with heart should snap this up." - Publishers Weekly
From debut author Cathy McCrumb
ENCLAVE PUBLISHING | Where Worlds Come to Life

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"McCrumb achieves a fascinating coming-of-age story in a convincing far-future technical milieu containing credible characters with consistent and powerful motivations. Readers looking for hard science fiction with heart should snap this up." — Publishers Weekly ― Publishers Weekly

"Cathy McCrumb’s thought-provoking science fiction novel Recorder asks whether one can understand humanity and still remain its impartial observer. It is a complex science fiction novel about the intersections between human beings and machines." — Foreword Reviews ―
Foreword Reviews

"Brilliant! Recorder is a tightly woven space mystery that captures your heart, explores the search for meaning and identity while grappling with societal differences, and reveals the power of forgiveness and seeing someone for who they truly are. Deeply moving with detailed world-building and complex characters you can’t help but love, McCrumb tells a masterful, must-read story." — Sandra Fernandez Rhoads, award-winning author of Mortal Sight -- Sandra Fernandez Rhoads

"Recorder is crisp and evocative. Cathy McCrumb's debut is a stunner, and I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment." — Lindsay A. Franklin, award-winning author of The Story Peddler -- Lindsay A. Franklin

"If you like both character and scientific development in your science fiction books, this is your book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Recorder." — Lelia Rose Foreman, author of A Shattered World trilogy
-- Leslie Rose Foreman

"Recorder offers an immersive, imaginative world, as seen through the eyes of a young woman who experiences humanity—and hair!—for the first time. With themes of faith, love, duty, and sacrifice, this is one book you won't want to miss." — C. S. Johnson, award-winning author of The Divine Space Pirates, The Starlight Chronicles, and The Princess and the Peacock -- C.S. Johnson
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Cathy McCrumb is a speculative fiction writer, an editor at Havok Publishing, and a freelance editor. Her short fiction has been published in ezines, magazines, and several anthologies. Cathy graduated from Biola University with a degree in English Literature. She currently lives in Colorado with her family and hopes to one day go ice fishing. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09D8K6FSP
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Enclave Publishing (November 9, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 9, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4814 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 367 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 4.8 out of 5 stars 78 ratings

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Cathy McCrumb writes science fiction with heart. She and her family live in Colorado in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys hiking, chocolate, raspberries, and coffee, but not necessarily in that order. Someday, she hopes to have at least one dog and two cats.

Most of her imaginary friends are nice people.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut! I can't wait for more.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 17, 2021
I am not a science fiction reader at all, however, I knew a little about this story already - enough to know I wanted to read it. But - I did not expect to connect emotionally with Recorder so quickly. I opened the book, intending to read the first page or two before starting housework for the day, but after just the prologue, I was completely hooked, and it was an effort to put it down! (Smart me, I bought the audio version as well!)

The audio version is narrated by Taylor Meskimen who did an excellent job! I’ve listened to other books narrated by her, but always contemporary romance, so I wasn’t sure she was a good fit for Recorder, but SHE WAS PERFECT! I HIGHLY recommend the audio so you don’t have to pause the story to get work done!

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

I fell completely in love with her (Recorder) from page one. The Recorder reminds me of a mix between Star Trek’s Seven-of-Nine and Data. Neither wanted to change what they were, but they also wanted to be more than they were. Both struggled with understanding and adapting to humanity. That is the feeling I get from Recorder. She was born to one thing; She was trained and disciplined to be not much more than a human computer, yet the reality of her human emotions and reactions pulled at her constantly.

When an accident severs her from the drone that ensures she maintain her distance from the human side of herself, I quite literally FELT the loss myself. Ms. McCrumb’s ability to give so much emotion to a character who is supposed to have none is almost magical.

When the crew begins to realize the depth of the changes she is facing, they risk everything to show her what it means to be cared for, and she begins to connect with that part of herself she had been punished for having. When their lives become more important to her than her own, she realizes she can never go back.

Woven into the story of Recorder’s evolution is an underlying crime of sabotage, murder, and manipulation that drive the story forward as she and the crew try to solve the mystery of the failed outpost where all the disaster started - before she is lost to them forever.

After taste.

The way the crew members rallied around her, even when they weren’t quite sure they could trust her, was wonderful, and without being TOO spoilery, the relationship between Recorder and Nate was perfectly written. Nothing about any of the relationships felt forced or unnatural.

The only reason I am giving this book 4 lattes instead of 5 is due to the flash back chapters from side characters. Honestly, I was lost most of the time. Probably due to me not being able to make the connections between all the character name variations (nicknames, last names, first names – all the characters seemed to be called by multiple things.) In Recorder’s time line, it was easy to follow, but in the jumps I had difficulty figuring out who was who, and it threw me from the story a couple times.

All that being said, I will read it again when the next book is announced….SOON, RIGHT?!

I stated at the beginning that I am not a hard science fiction reader, but Cathy McCrumb might just change my mind! I look forward to her next books!

The opinions shared in this review are my own, and I have not been compensated in any way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci Fi series.
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