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Amanecer

(Xenogenesis #1)

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Cuando Lilith Iyapo despertó ya no estaba en la Tierra. Porque la Tierra estaba muerta, y Lilith, temía, estaba viva. Pero los terrores que atormentaban su pasado no eran nada comparados con el futuro que sus salvadores alienígenas habían elegido para ella. Los oankali, comerciantes genéticos que manipulaban el ADN, como el hombre que había moldeado en sus tiempos el metal ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1989 by Ultramar (first published May 1987)
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Kevin Kelsey
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I've never really read anything like this before. It had some of the most alien aliens I've ever come across, and it spends a lot of time exporing their physiology, gender, sexuality, and society, all parts that I really enjoyed.

The whole thing is very unnerving, blunt, and extremely uncomfortable in places. This novel very much felt like the first third of a larger story, so I'll definitely be finishing this series.
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carol.
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of sci-fi and aliens
As one of the earliest African-American female science fiction writers, Octavia Butler is a must for anyone who reads sci-fi. Fourteen of her works were nominated for the Locus Award during her career, including each book in the Xenogenesis series, but she only had one win, the novelette “Bloodchild.” Dawn is the first book in the Xenogenesis series, published in 1987, and is a science fiction classic. It achieves what the best in science fiction has to offer: by looking at humanity’s interactio ...more
Zanna
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was utterly compelled. When I got to the end, I was so hungry for the next book I was actually frustrated not to have it to hand. The last book I enjoyed nearly this much was The Lathe of Heaven so I guess I need to give in and accept that speculative fiction with feminist consciouness is my true love.

I love that Lilith is angry with her captors, that she doesn't lose her drive to be free, ever. In many ways I felt the book was about consent - what does consent really mean when your options ar
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Lyn
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aliens save the human race from themselves.

Octavia Butler’s 1987 novel Dawn begins her Xenogenesis trilogy (the series was titled Lilith's Brood in the Omnibus that was published in 2000). She would continue the story with Adulthood Rites in 1988 and complete the set with Imago in 1989.

Essentially, the world has been devastated by a nuclear war and all that remains of humanity are a few straggler survivors who are picked up by an alien race who has been observing us. Butler spends little time he
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Richard Derus
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 5* of five
2020 UPDATE
It's script-to-series at Amazon! Since it's Ava duVernay, I'm bettin' the script will pass muster. She made sense out of A Wrinkle in Time, after all.

I'm wore out, wrung out, and tuckered out. I'll get a review up before long.

Meantime, look at the notes I've left.

And leave us not to forget that, in this troubled passage in US and world history, the present Golden Age of Sci Fi on Screen will gift us with the first-ever adaptation of a Butler novel, this one, by no le
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Mario the lone bookwolf
One of the first novels dealing with the idea of how gender, love and procreation may evolve under the influence of interspecies, in this case, alien relationships.

Octavia E Butler is a unique writer, because she was both one of the first female black Sci-Fi writers and also dealt with the, at this time and strangely even today, controversial ideas of what might happen if aliens want to have some sexy time with humans.

We have already a bunch of varieties with the human genders and gender identit
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Brown Girl Reading
This is the second book I've read by Octavia Butler and I'm completely impressed by the complexity and intrigue of this story. I was afraid that being sci-fi I would find it difficult to get into the story and that there would be so much to digest that I would miss something. However that is not the case. The story is told with extremely adept writing and Butler definitely took into consideration that she was trying to entertain while saying something. So what is she saying? Tons of stuff! She m ...more
J.L.   Sutton
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Yes,” he said, “intelligence does enable you to deny facts you dislike. But your denial doesn’t matter.”

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Lilith wakes up on an Oankali spaceship hundreds of years after an atomic war devastates Earth. These alien Oankali, Lilith learns, feel it is their mission to save what remains of humanity. How they plan to do it is what makes Dawn such an interesting read. I just finished Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy in which we find out the future of humanity isn't really humanity. There are big di
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Jennifer Theriault
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Michael
I loved the almost elegant and unrelenting unfolding of a most unusual alien apocalypse. The Oankali are the saviors of humankind after a nuclear war, preserving a population of survivors in a form of suspension while working to facilitate recovery of planetary ecology. But at what a cost. Their agenda is to merge genetically with humans to make a new species.

That plot overview is certainly a spoiler, but that is what is rendered for a draw on the book’s cover. It’s really okay because we are w
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Christina White
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have such conflicted feelings about this book. I found it both brilliant and disturbing in equal measure. The beginning introduces the reader to a strange and terrifying situation that sucks you in right away. The horror at some revelations is delivered so realistically that I found myself clenching my teeth and trying to hide in the pillows I was reading on. I was very impressed. The more I read on though, the more unsettling things became. Near the last quarter of the book Octavia crossed a ...more
Fabian
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A large octupus-alien has a pretty realistic threesome with two-dimensional humanoids. Dreams are made of this--well, but not my dreams. Nor nightmares. "Dawn" remains prime example of the reasoning behind my headstrong, unwavering apathy for most sci-fi novels. ...more
Claudia
My god, what did I just read...

I don’t think I was ever so aware of my body and my safety and my breathing space as I am now. One’s body is perceived as a temple; defile it and you’ll break that person for life.

This book is not about humanity being self-obliterated, or close encounter of 5th kind or more. It doesn’t even have action. So, if you expect battles and how we prevail in the face of bad aliens, don’t.

It's all about the interaction between the two species, or better said, races.

It dea
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Bradley
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi
I'm half-tempted to hold off on a review until I read the full trilogy. I've come to understand that the full story isn't explored until we've read the whole thing... BUT since this was published as the first book, here I go, anyway. :)

This is quite a bit different from Kindred, focusing instead on the social, emotional, and physical changes associated with being awoken in captivity among some very strange and awesome alien-aliens. This isn't Star Trek. It's more of a Cthuhlu encounter without t
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Apatt
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have been squirreling away Octavia Butler books. I consider myself an avid fan of her works yet I have only read two of her novels so far (Wild Seed and Kindred), and the last one was sometime last year. My rationale is that there are only a finite number of Butler books available to read as the lady is no longer with us. If I binge on them now there will not be any more new Butler books to read and I will only have rereads to look forward to. As I love both Wild Seed and Kindred very much her ...more
Stuart
Dawn: Aliens grant humans a second chance — at a price
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Dawn (1987) is the first book in Octavia Butler’s XENOGENESIS trilogy, written after her PATTERNIST series. By this point she had been writing challenging science fiction novels for a decade, and her writing craft and ideas had reached a high level. Dawn is a very impressive book. Imagine that mankind has largely destroyed itself and the planet — it’s a fairly common doomsday scenario.

But instead of the
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Lois
2021 Reread:
I hate the audiobook narrator. Her voice is grating and annoying.
Can Robin Miles redo these audiobooks as well????

Somehow my reread created a 2nd entry for this book. I erased it. 2/16/20

This is the first novel I ever read by Octavia Butler. I'm now a grandmother but when I read this my daughter was 6 months old. I still have the paperback with the white woman on the cover. LOL! Imagine my surprise when the main character was a statuesque black woman, extremely capable, practical and
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Brian
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like zombie-lit does with undead hordes (but seriously, done waaayyy better), Butler uses ETs as the mirror held to humanity to show us our strengths and (mostly) our weaknesses.

This is a compelling narrative with a rich, well crafted female protagonist and science-fiction elements interesting to both veterans of the genre and initiates alike. I read this aloud to my wife - a reader not particularly interested in SciFi - and as soon as I finished the book she asked me to start the next one in t
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Gary
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going to hold off on a review for now, and blog about the whole trilogy when I finish it.
Gary
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Okay. So how do I describe this really weird sci-fi book that masquerades as horror. Not hunt you down alone on a ship Alien horror, more like subtly psychologically really disturbing (to me anyway) sci-fi.
The basic situation is a girl, Lilith, (for mythology fans, please note the symbolism) is the lone survivor of a nuclear holocaust and is left with the responsibilities of awakening the other humans from a deep sleep, telling them they are on an alien ship, leading them to earth, and, of cours
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Beverly
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant characters and complex future world are developed in this first of a 3 part series, Dawn is superb. Why did I stop reading Octavia Butler after my delight in Kindred and The Parable of the Sower?
Wanda
What an unsettling little book! I stayed up late last night to finish it and I awoke this morning with it still on my mind (and I think I dreamed about it too). Octavia Butler is skilled at making me re-examine my beliefs about humanity.

The Oankali are interesting and somewhat threatening aliens. Their evolutionary history seems to have come from the echinoderm or cnidarian branches of the tree of life and their appearance is initially terrifying to any human. Our protagonist, Lilith, has to be
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Mimi
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for well-written thoughtful sci-fi
Recommended to Mimi by: carol.
Dawn begins with Lilith Iyapo awakening in solitary confinement. She later learns she's on a living space ship, held as a captive by the oankali, an alien race. There had been a war several years ago on Earth that destroyed the planet and almost wiped out the human race. A few survivors were rescued and brought to the ship. All were healed but left sedated for the time being; a select few will be awoken, like Lilith, once it’s time to return to Earth and resettle the planet.

There’s a catch thoug
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Sarah Mazza
May 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Atomic fire consumes Earth and civilization is completely wiped out by years of warfare. Humanity are on the brink of extinction, until they are rescued by an unlikely ally: alien beings called the Oankali. Or more accurately, humans are collected and preserved as biological specimens.

Lilith Iyapo is awoken within a featureless cell a hundred years after she was picked up from Earth, trapped within a spacecraft that is more organic creature than advanced creation. She is kept captive by aliens t
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Lilia Ford
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sought this out deliberately as the best way I could think of to protest this year's Hugo Award debacle, though I wasn't sure I'd like it since it definitely falls closer to the "speculative" end of the sci-fi spectrum than what I usually read--or enjoy. Well, so much for that worry. I couldn't put it down. I mean that literally: I was supposed to go out to dinner and I ended up cancelling so I could finish it. I totally get why it's so acclaimed: the set up is bracingly original, and the look ...more
Rob
Executive Summary: A well written and very different story that just made me uncomfortable the whole time. It wasn't exactly my type of book, but it may be yours.

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These sorts of reviews are the hardest to write. For books I love, the reviews usually come pretty easily. For books I don't, I try to express why I didn't like the book without ranting about it and then move on and don't worry too much about the quality of the review.

This book falls somewhere in between. It really made m
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David
Jul 24, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Michael
Shelves: science-fiction
Although I have read a lot of science fiction, I had never even heard of Octavia Butler before reading this book. But I am so glad that I read it, and the next two books of the Xenogenesis series.

This is an excellent sci-fi novel about Lillith, a young woman in the after-days of a nuclear apocalypse on Earth. She is one of a few survivors, just barely alive, picked up by an alien race in a spacecraft. She is brought back to health, but kept in almost total isolation. She is pretty much clueless
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Penny
Fascinating from so many points of view! Beautifully written and deeply insightful. I can't think of any other book I've read that tells a similar story and I found this a very unique tale which was brilliantly told.

This was my first Octavia E. Butler and it more than lived up to all the wonderful things I'd heard about her work. The insights into human nature are too plentiful to list, made without seeming to try. The aliens are striking and just so alien. One of the best examples of the insig
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Definitely a difficult one to rate, as this book doesn’t really feel complete without hearing the rest of the books. I am interested, disturbed, and a little exhausted (in a good way) having read this, which seems to be the case with much of Butler’s work.

She had such a solid grasp on how to express human behavior, especially the more intense and disappointing parts. I always feel tired of humanity & their predictable tendency towards destruction after reading a book by O
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Pants
I was afraid to start the Xenogenesis trilogy because I knew there’d be issues with consent. Some reviewers described it as graphic, horrific, disturbing—and they were right on all accounts, but Dawn wasn’t as graphic as I’d initially feared. That’s not to say it was an easy book to read. The Oankali violate personal boundaries, both physical and mental, and genuinely believe their actions service humanity. The Oankali strip Lilith of her right to her mind, her body, and a life of her choosing. ...more
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Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant.

After her father died, Butler was raised by her widowed mother. Extremely shy as a child, Octavia found an outlet at the li
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“You have a mismatched pair of genetic characteristics. Either alone would have been useful, would have aided the survival of your species. But the two together are lethal. It was only a matter of time before they destroyed you."

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Jdahya made a rustling noise that could have been a sigh, but that did not seem to comer from his mouth or throat. "You are intelligent," he said. "That's the newer of the two characteristics, and the one you might have put to work to save yourselves. You are potentially one of the most intelligent species we've found, though your focus is different from ours. Still, you had a good start in the life sciences, and even in genetics."

"What's the second characteristic?"

"You are hierarchical. That's the older and more entrenched characteristic. We saw it in your closest animal relatives and in your most distant ones. It's a terrestrial characteristic. When human intelligence served it instead of guiding it, when human intelligence did not even acknowledge it as problem, but took pride in it or din not notice it at all..." The rattling sounded again.”
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