Chernovog by C.J. Cherryh
1990, Del Rey Books
Review Summary: Chernovog is effective in a way that Rusalka never quite achieved, more than likely because it is limiting the scope of the story being told. The storyline, the characters, and the themes being explored are all more focused and the result is a tighter, and easier to follow read.
The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card
Review Summary: I was surprised and disappointed by the execution of the story, actually. In reading the forward, I realize that the book is actually a collection of short stories and a novel Card wrote between 1978 and 1982, and that the idea is admittedly one of Card’s first attempts at science fiction, but it seemed very, very rough.