YA Review – Recorder – Dystopian Science Fiction

Recorder

About the Book

Book: Recorder

Author: Cathy McCrumb

Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction

Release date: November 8, 2021

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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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My Review

McCrumb, Cathy. Recorder. Phoenix, AZ: Enclave Publishing, 2021.

Cathy McCrumb is a new-to-me author. I enjoyed Recorder and look forward to reading more of her work. Recorder will be enjoyed by science fiction enthusiasts. I found some similarities between characters in Recorder and characters in Star Trek.

The characters in Recorder are ones readers will come to care about. Recorder is an interesting character. She is attached to a drone and has received training that ordinary citizens do not receive. She has some very interesting capabilities. While some do not view those of her “profession” as human, Recorder exhibits some very human-like characteristics. Once she is separated from her drone these characteristics move to the forefront. 

One of the things I really appreciated was that I did not have the mysteries in the book figured out before McCrumb revealed them in the plot. While it is nice to figure things out ahead of time, it is also nice to be “surprised” by an ending. 

Some of the characters make comments that indicate a religious belief, however these are not a large part of the plot. I am hoping for additional books in this series. Maybe these beliefs will play a larger role in the future. 

Recorder would be appropriate for a k-12 Christian school library. I would probably label it as a high school book.I received a complimentary copy of Recorder. This is my honest review.

About the Author – Cathy McCrumb

Cathy Hinkle

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 McCrumb

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.

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 29

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Through the fire blogs, November 30

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, December 1

Wishful Endings, December 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 3

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To celebrate her tour, Cathy is giving away the grand prize of a personalized, signed hardcover copy!!

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