Dawn (Xenogenesis #1)
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 Earthbut for a price.
this "precisely" indicates the level of power this book had for me, not the truth of what octavia butler...more
Boy, is this book crawling with consent issues. Aliens: Not all that interested in your personal boundaries! One of them repeate...more
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
This is the 2nd Octavia Butler book I have read. The first was Parable of the Sower, and I definitely see some recurring themes between the two. Human brutality, the concept of sharing feelings, loss of power over oneself, drastic changes to society.
I am very much impressed by Butler, she shows a definite realism and pessimism towards "human nature" in her works. It sounds bad, but I tend to agree with her.
In both Parable of the Sower and Dawn, the protagonist finds...more
I read and loved these books when I was in high school. Returning to them, I still find much to love, but the gender politics that I (and apparently Octavia Butler) took for granted back then are just jaw-dropping.
I mean, OK, there's a certain amount of violation included in the premise. The Oankali are offering humans a choice: die out or...more
This is a haunting and anxiety-provoking speculative fiction novel that covers a lot of psychological and ethical issues in sometimes unflinching detail. It is one of my favorite types of novels - the "what the hell is going on?" type - but that fact makes it very difficult to review without spoilers. Ultimately, I decided to avoid spoilers for those (very few?) of you left who know nothing about this book, because the discovery is half the experience.
In the first pages...more
Lilith awakens after many years to learn that she is captive/guest on an alien ship orbiting earth. We, humankind, had gone to war and essentially killed off ourselves and destroyed our Earth making it uninhabitable. The Oankali, an alien race, has come to our rescue, so to speak. They have...more
In short, Lilith is one of a few survivors of man's nuclear war on earth. She was "rescued" by an alien rac...more
I really like this book. But I think I like the aliens better than the humans, it's not the first time I've identified more with aliens than my own species.
Lilith is a cool, brave woman (who is also black, not that it matters, but the old school cover I first encountered did show her as a white woman which is confusing, but maybe they figured that folks wouldn't read it if it was about someone black, kind of like Motown album c...more
The aliens were interesting as was the way in which they "trade" with new species they come across. Lilith and her reactions seemed...more
I enjoyed the beginning of this novel immensely. I found myself dreamin...more
But, that's not the scary part. Oh, no.
For me, I found the isolation that Lil...more
Butler takes an imaginative premise (aliens have 'rescued' humans in order to 'cross-breed) and writes a pretty straight forward story with it.
While appearing fairly simple, the ideas within strike deep chords....the good samaritan with an agenda, the logic of 'I'm doing this for your own good', and what is considered treasonous on a species level...all tied up in an easy to read package!
I rarely read sci-fi; I'm more of a fantasy reader. But, my reading project for 2014 is Speculative Fiction by Women of Color, and Octavia Butler seemed like the perfect author to start with.
The book opens with Lilith waking up in a strange room...only, this is not the first time she has Awoken. This has happened before, and all she knows so far is she is being held by unseen captors who question her and keep her fed. Every time she goes back to sleep, she Awakens s...more