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Remnant population
Elizabeth Moon
Adult Fiction MOON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Employing colonies of contract workers, corporations harvest the resources of alien worlds in the future envisioned here by Moon (Winning Colors). To the faceless bureaucracy that owns her contract, 70-year-old Ofelia Falfurrias is dead weight: too old to work, too old to bear children, she's too old to be worth keeping alive. Tired of being dictated to, Ofelia stays behind when the Company moves the colony to another planet. Her newfound freedom is intoxicating, but she quickly discovers that she is not alone. The planet has an indigenous race, one that has good reason to suspect human interlopers. Ofelia must convince her hosts that she is not a threat; then she'll have to learn to live with them. Moon does a splendid job of bringing her characters to life. Ofelia is as likable as she is cantankerous, and the aliens are vividly imagined. Themes of independence and the value of wisdom form the backbone of this well-written, original novel. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When Ofelia Falfurrias's colony fails to thrive, the colonists are resettled on another planet. Elderly and independent Ofelia hides in the woods, determined to remain alone on the uninhabited world. To her surprise, an indigenous race (The People) appears in her village. They quickly learn Ofelia's language and make her nest-guardian of their babies. When more humans land to investigate her presence, Ofelia acts as ambassador. This anthropological approach to first encounters is highly recommended for sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 70s
Does not evacuate with the rest of her colony; wants to stay in her home.

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