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The Reclaimed by [Stern, Phil]
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A distraught family man returns from the dead to find his beloved married to someone else.

Death is never final in Greenville, a frontier community on a faraway planet. Every year, residents vote to Reclaim one of their own following an untimely, fatal accident. Often the elections are divisive, pitting neighbor against neighbor, or even family members against one another.

But when Ned Polanski comes back from the dead to a gloating wife and now-unavailable, distant young mistress, the brutal emotional aftershocks threaten the town's very survival.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 143 KB
  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Publisher: Phil Stern (Dec 12 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LDZ6O0
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9ffa33e4) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ffa1354) out of 5 stars Good science fiction! Dec 14 2011
By Martin I. Patrick - Published on
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Phil Stern imagines a prairie-like community that has to grapple with the question, "Who will we bring back from the dead this year?" To complicate matters, the property of the planet that allows this to happen can only do so once per year, and only on a specific date, and the person cannot be more than three years gone - and the families have to campaign so that their loved one can win the election to become reclaimed.

Stern does not waste time building up the backstory; we're not told how these people came to be on this planet called Nend (they do argue whether it was divine intervention or just human expansion), nor does he really delve into how the process of `reclamation' might work. It must have been created by Steve Jobs as the process `just works.'

Through the process of voting for who should be reclaimed, Stern invites us to think about the big question of the novella: how do we value life? Whose life is more important to a community? Stern does a nice job of letting the townsfolk debate these questions rather than letting his own voice intrude on the debate. It's a nicely paced, easy read of a novella, and leaves you with plenty of room to imagine yourself confronted by these questions, which for me makes it good science fiction. Recommended!

-Martin I. Patrick
Author of The Unreturned
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00c148c) out of 5 stars What would you choose? May 31 2012
By Mindy W. - Published on
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This book reminded me somewhat of "The Lottery" only with the exact opposite outcome. Imagine growing up with Earth as ancient history, almost mythical, in concept. Then, imagine having one day a year that you can bring back one loved one who passed in the last three years. Having lost several loved ones, I'm not sure if I would bring them back. As much as I would like to have them back, I'm not sure it would be a good thing.

This book explores that concept. It is very interesting. It's a unique concept and exposes all those little secrets people have that others don't know. The story draws you in. It wasn't until halfway through the book that I even realized they were talking about a different planet. Unique story and I really enjoyed the concept.

I give this 4 out of 5 clouds.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa026739c) out of 5 stars A thought-provoking read June 29 2012
By azgrad - Published on
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This story presents an interesting dilemma and raises a number of thought-provoking questions. What if a community as a whole could vote to bring back one deceased member each year? Who should it be? What criteria would you use to vote for one person, knowing that your vote for one candidate is a vote against someone else coming back. How will your selection affect your relationship with the loved ones of those who don't return? And what of the wishes of the deceased? What if they wouldn't have wanted to return? And what is their obligation to those who voted them to return? So many considerations and obviously things don't always work out as planned, for the ones returning or the ones bringing them back.

I enjoyed the story but given the fierce loyalties of the families of the deceased I felt the ending was a bit contrived. Also I'd have preferred to get a little more detail on people's selection processes and how the vote wound up as it did. But overall this is a good read with an intriguing premise that will make you think.
HASH(0xa00c19cc) out of 5 stars Second chances April 17 2014
By Guy with Beard - Published on
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On a frontier world, there is an unique chance to bring back one person each year. That person will get a second chance at life. But it can only be one person and they can not be dead more than three years. Each year, the people gather and vote for the person to be reclaimed.

This is the story of one of the reclaimed. His wife campaigns for three years and he is picked on his last chance. The problem comes when he realizes how much has changed. He is not even sure he wants to be back.

When I first read the description for this short story, I could not see how it could be science fiction. I was thinking it had to be a fantasy. But the author pulls it off. Also, the story really focuses on the characters and the interactions with each other. How they react to this second chance, causes not only the community to question what they do, but the reader to think about how they would react in this situation.

A thought provoking tale about human nature and second chances. I recommend this one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00c14a4) out of 5 stars Great Story June 21 2012
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Downloaded this book free for my Kindle. What a great read. Short, quick read. Kept my attention until the very end.