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Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
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Jun 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, genre
Recommended for: people who like the opposite of hard scifi, but also want good worldbuilding
Read from June 03 to 04, 2010

Nicely engrossing scifi. Lilith (not-so-subtle naming) wakes up on an alien ship after having been rescued from an apocalyptic earth, and has to help repatriate humanity. The first third or so was my favorite, thanks to the worldbuilding (alienbuilding?). I wish it hadn't then veered so thematically into the same territory as Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower series -- tall black woman who's lost everything has to become the leader of a hodgepodge group of survivors to ensure the survival of the human race, whilst hooking up with an older man (and dealing with lots of attempted rape). It was distracting, and made me feel like I knew too much about the author's deal.

Also why was Lilith drawn as a pale white lady on the cover of my (1987 edition) book, when the character's clearly black? Gross, 1987.

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06/03/2010 page 54
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