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.
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.
"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