I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL I JUST READ BUT. I. LOVED. EVERY. WORD. Also I still don't understand what's so bad about having an awesome super powered alien Cthulhu baby WHO WOULDN'T WANT THIS. Okay I'm a little weird but clearly this woman gets it, an incredibly original book with solid characters and unpredictable plot, can't wait to drown myself in her work.
Two hundred fifty years after human activity destroyed the viability of Earth, Lilith Iyapo awakens in a strange room aboard a living, alien spaceship. One of the ship's inhabitants, a grotesque, tentacled creature, explains to Lilith what has happened: These otherworldly beings, the Oankali, rescued the few remaining humans from their dying planet and placed them, sleeping, aboard their ship in a state of suspended animation until such time that Earth will be safe for them to repopulate...together.
Following 'Kindred' (which was phenomenal -- you should drop everything and read it right now!), this was my second sampling of Octavia Butler's works. It's a little bit more sci-fi then I tend normally to gravitate toward within the SFF genre, but I enjoyed it and will definitely pick up books 2 and 3 in the series.
This book challenged me, made me think, kept me riveted, then RIPPED MY HEART OUT
Dawn is the first book in Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, now collected in the volume "Lilith's Brood." An amazing book, and a good way to start reading the incomparable Octavia Butler!
Human self-destructive tendencies bring about a collapse of civilization through nuclear war, but Lilith Ayapo and other survivors have been rescued by aliens who are natural genetic engineers. Lilith must assume the impossible position of being the "midwife" or "mother" to human survival as a self-determining species.What are the differences and similarities between human and alien? Where are the boundaries, and why? When humans owe their survival to aliens, what are their mutual obligations? What do they need from each other?Fascinating, unforgettable, sexy, feminist, and antiracist book!
I'm not much of a sci-fi reader, but I love Octavia Butler's writing. Her books are incredibly intelligent and thought-provoking, while still being accessible and entertaining.
_Dawn_ is no exception. This is the story of Lilith, who was rescued from Earth when nuclear war ended life there. Now she must learn about those who rescued her, and what life will be like as a new species dawns.
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