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Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
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Feb 25, 2008

really liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Angela
Read in February, 2008

i just finished the first book of the trilogy: so far, i'm loving it. it combines some of the elements i find most fascinating about science fiction: strange, new worlds, strong characters who have to make complex choices, interpersonal relationships and the development of new societies, psychological warfare, morality, questions of what makes us human, space travel... chock full of good stuff.

book 2 was also a good story, interesting, a compelling story about lileth's firstborn son, who's stolen by resistor humans as an infant and lives to advocate for the creation of a human-only society, despite it being against oankali morality. i do wish that that story was continued in book 3 though...

book 3 i was less enamored with. it was also the story of one of lileth's sons, but somehow his story comes across as selfish. i found myself regarding the alien oankali as more like parasites than symbionts because of their lack of respect for human free will. so, i could have left book 3 and been just fine.
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