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By Octavia E. Butler

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Format: Paperback / softback, 256 pages
Published In: United States, 18 July 1997
Lilith lyapo awoke from a centuries-long sleep to find herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali. Creatures covered in writhing tentacles, the Oankali had saved every surviving human from a dying, ruined Earth. They healed the planet, cured cancer, increased strength, and were now ready to help Lilith lead her people back to Earth--but for a price.
EAN: 9780446603775
ISBN: 0446603775
Publisher: Warner Books
Dimensions: 18.75 x 14.78 x 1.75 centimetres (0.11 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Philippa on
Octavia Butler's books fascinate me. She was a writer with unique ideas and you never know when you start reading one how things are going to play out - except not to expect happy endings. When I first read this Xenogenesis series it was not my favourite of hers but it has really grown on me. This first book is told from the point of view of Lilith, a young black woman who is in a difficult position. The aliens are using her as a go between with the remnants of post apocalyptic humanity. She comes to truly care about the aliens and see them as people, but feels deeply ambivalent towards their agenda of absorbing humanity into their genetic bank, and is in danger from humans who see her as a traitor. There are a lot of issues of gender and race identity explored through this story and I find it if anything more and more interesting with each re-reading.
Richard on
This odd series I didn't find too interesting. Maybe I would if I was an invading alien sex therapist. This is almost a horror story, with how creepy it is in parts. Condescending aliens treating people at times how people treat animals, which perhaps it part of the point? Anyway, I wouldn't ever bother with these again.

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