About the Book
Author: Cathy McCrumb
Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction
Release date: November 8, 2021
The Consortium is All. But Recorder Can No Longer Obey.
Recorder has no family, no friends, and no name. Donated to the Consortium before birth, her sole purpose is to maintain and verify the records. A neural implant and drone ensure compliance, punishing for displays of bias.
Suddenly cut off from controlling technology, Recorder tastes what it means to be human. But if the Consortium discovers her feelings, everyone she knows will be in danger.
With no name, no resources, and only an infinitesimal possibility of escape, Recorder’s time is running out.
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About the Author
Cathy McCrumb graduated from Biola University with a degree in English Literature and a love for stories. She and her husband, whom she met while writing letters to soldiers, have five children and currently live within the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. While writing is one of her favorite things to do, she also enjoys reading, long hikes and long naps, gluten-free brownies and raspberries, and crocheting while watching science fiction movies with friends and family.
More from Cathy
When I was about three, my first imaginary friend, Sally from Clap-Hands-Land, threw a man’s hat in the air. At the time, I found her action uproariously funny, though I no longer remember why. As I grew older, speculative fiction—almost any variety of fantasy or science fiction—became my favorite stories to tell and read.
Once I had children, however, all I managed were practical lists on scraps of paper. I shoved down that desire to create until after my youngest was born, when a friend challenged me to write again. That first short story began a landslide of words and ideas about grace, worth, and the sometimes-bittersweet reality of daily life. Soon afterward, a story was born from a vivid dream set on a stark moonscape. As I wrote it down, the Recorder herself sprang into being, and Recorder became inextricably bound to her point of view.
For me, stories are fundamentally about possibilities. The tension between catastrophe and eucatastrophe plays out with relative safety on the page. I believe that when ideas and themes intersect, however, stories can reach deep within authors and readers. Indeed, if they do not touch the author, they are unlikely to impact anyone else. When failure, grief, and evil are contrasted with faith, hope, and love, the narratives inspire deeper connections with our own emotions, others, and God. Tales of light and dark challenge us with the opportunity to think through truths and lies without leaving home.
And yet, transformation itself isn’t safe, and therefore fiction can’t be, either. The risks inherent in change open the possibilities of growth and failure. Stories provide an exploration of becoming. They can open a divide through which we can glimpse something greater or worse than our own worlds. Fiction allows us a place where we can practice and triumph.
And maybe, perhaps, even throw our hats into the air.
The cover of the book really caught my eye and I was already excited about reading the book. I was ready to blast off into another world where everything was different and intriguing. The Recorder is a fascinating character and one that was very important to the mission ahead. The beginning is very creative and I was hooked on the story from then on. As the Recorder is injured the author makes you sense the pain she goes through. The crew is trying to save her, but danger waited just a few feet from them. I cringed as the creature was a big cockroach. Oh how I hate them and in this story they are vicious and determined to destroy anything in their path.
I was shocked at how much damage the Recorder sustained when she was finally returned to the medical bay. I could imagine the shock on her face when she realizes the damage that was done to her. Now what was she going to do when everything she once knew about herself is different?
With the question of sabotage will the Recorder be able to figure out what went wrong and who was behind the chaos? I did like how Recorder started to have human feelings and how that affected her. All her life she has been programmed not to have any feelings.
The story does have conflict as some are not sure Recorder can be trusted but others come to her aide and help her as she discovers what it is like to care about others and have friends. I loved reading how Recorder wanted to protect her new friends as the time drew near for her departure. Oh this part is so good and emotional that tears streamed down my face. There is definitely a cliffhanger at the end and I am hopeful we get another book soon. I must know what happens to Recorder .
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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