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3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  233 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Set in the far future, RECLAMATION centers on The Realm of the Nameless Powers, a world so ravaged by age that only a portion of underground canyons is habitable. The Realm has degenerated into a harsh caste system and Middle Ages technology. Their religion strictly enforces the castes who can marry, and which children are allowed to live. Eric Born is a lapsed priest and ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Aspect (first published 1996)
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Mary JL
Nov 27, 2008 Mary JL rated it liked it
Recommends it for: any science fiction fan
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
I have now finished Reclamation and it gets a good solid three stars. Sarah Zettel has a good feel for creating future socities.

This is her very first novel, which shows. It is why it only gets three stars not four. The characters rate a four but the story is a bit uneven. The ending was a bit rushed I felt. It is not nearly as compact as her other book I have read--Fool
s War.

Still, a very well done job for a first novel and as I said the characterization is good. Sarah Zettel is well worth a tr
May 05, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 30, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Humans, both natural and descendants of constructed ones, clash on various planets and finally go head to head on an old, nearly uninhabitable one with a few surprises in its history. Very good world and culture building, the two lead characters are well worth cheering on, many of the others are understandably motivated, and both the nonhuman aliens and the noncorporeal ones in the supporting cast are terrific. I think there are a few too many POV characters to give this a top rating, but a fine ...more
Jane J. mateva
Jul 01, 2017 Jane J. mateva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One heck of a story .... !!!!!
John Loyd
Mar 01, 2017 John Loyd rated it really liked it
The Realm of the Nameless Powers was hidden away thousands of years ago and had no contact with the rest of the Quarter Galaxy. The same power that hid them was also responsible for there strangely shortened DNA that has no redundancy. Eric Born left the Realm 10 years ago. For a few years he worked with the people who took him from the Realm. When he learned what Tasa Ad and Kessa were doing was more like slave trading than saving refugees he rebelled against them. For the past six years he has ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
What I liked most about this book is the alien cultures and diverging agency of even the minor characters. I like depth to the characters and the world they live in and Zettel definitely delivered there. I would love to read another book set in the same world.

I will say this, however. This book was not particularly science fiction-y. Zettel could have set it in a fantasy setting and it would have worked just as well because nothing really seemed to rely on it being sci-fi unless you count the al
Jul 13, 2009 Cindywho rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sf
I'd been planning to get back to Sarah Zettel and picked up her first published novel. The cover doesn't have too much to do with the story which was complex and exciting. Eric Sar Born is some kind of freelance hacker who had escaped a fundamentalist upbringing on a backwater planet. Two powerful groups have been looking for this planet and are ready to kidnap any of its inhabitants. Space travel, hacking, genetic manipulation and slavery are all touched upon - It's one of the better SF stories ...more
Dec 20, 2016 Jrubino rated it liked it
This suffers from the many usual flaws of a debut novel.

Zettel uses the typical tropes … cold opening, alienation of main characters, epic quest, protagonist against the world, etc. Really nothing new here at all. Mostly, there is a lack of experience in how to allow a story to unfold.

Then add the pedestrian writing, and this is a novel with good world-building but nothing to hold you in place.

I quit after 60 pages.
Sep 27, 2015 Katharine rated it really liked it
After finishing Fool's War I decided to go back and re-read her first novel - Reclamation. And yes, it still stands the test of time. Great world and culture building and all the characters interesting - human and non. Lots going on and the ending not quite as satisfying as I remember on reading it 20 years ago. But a fine adventure story in a rich alien world. I shall have to remember to read it again in another 20!
Jim Mcclanahan
Mar 25, 2015 Jim Mcclanahan rated it liked it
An interesting space opera. However, the number of characters to follow became burdensome after a bit. Some simply faded from view. Others took on more importance than expected. The main protagonists, Arla and Eric were well drawn, but their interactions often seemed forced. The overall "search for origins" arc of the story was fine, but perhaps overly elaborate. Still, not a bad read.
Steve Kinsman
Sep 28, 2015 Steve Kinsman rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, story-bundle
Overly long and convoluted. The style was patchy but not awful ... it just felt a bit amateur (perhaps because this was the author's first book). I wouldn't say the story exactly sucked me in but it did at least get me curious enough about the outcome to keep reading. I didn't enjoy it though so would have been better off just reading a quick plot summary somewhere to satisfy my curiosity. :)
Koji Mukai
Mar 29, 2009 Koji Mukai rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A strong debut novel by Zettel ("excellent name for a science fiction author, since it means the author whose books are put next to Zelazny's") who will publish four more quality science fiction novels before turning over to the dark side.
Dec 13, 2015 Roy rated it liked it
It's reach exceeds it's grasp. There's a ton going on in this book. So many societies, plans, and perspectives. All really well done. The conclusion is a little weak though.
Oct 08, 2016 Jacinta rated it liked it
it's a complicated book with a lot of secret plots and POV characters to keep track of, which detracted a little from enjoying it. I really liked the universe and the story though!
Eric Miller
Eh. I never really go into this book. I'm not sure why, I just never really got my head around the different characters or the groups they belonged to. Nor the places.
Brennan Griffin
Dec 03, 2012 Brennan Griffin rated it really liked it
One of my favorite authors.
Dirk Elzinga
Sep 09, 2014 Dirk Elzinga rated it liked it
Decent sci-fi and a welcome distraction.
Mar 16, 2014 Joanna rated it it was amazing
Very well written , different kind of SyFy & looking forward to reading more of Sarah Zettel's books!
Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it
long, slow, but rewarding enough
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Sarah Zettel is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, spanning the full range of genre fiction. Her debut novel, Reclamation, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her second release, Fool’s War, was a 1997 New York Times Notable Book, and the American Library Association named Playing God one of the Best Books for Young Adults of 1999. Her novel Bitter Angels won the Phi ...more
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