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Imago by Octavia E. Butler
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Spoiler Alert. The following is a metaphorical plot summary of Octavia Butler’s Imago.

The scene is a meet-up night club. A and B are strangers to one another. A sneaks up behind B and whispers.

A: If I don’t have sex with you, I’ll die.

B whirls around and faces him angrily.

B: You are disgusting! Get away from me!
A: Oh, don’t be like that. Here, let me just touch you like this.

B screams.

B: Get your limbs off me! I told you you disgust me! Go away!
A: If you would just be still and let me finish having sex with you, I’ll chemically modify you to be the way I like.

They grapple for several moments. Eventually B’s struggling subsides.

A: There. How do you feel now?
B: If I don’t get to keep having sex with you, I’ll die. And sex with anyone else would disgust me now. And I love you deeply.
A: By the way, I also cured your cancer while we were having sex.
B: You are so awesome. I love you so much.
A: I have a bunch of friends just like me who want to do what I just did to you with all your friends. Will you help me go get your friends so my friends can change them to be the way we like them?
B: Yes. Yes.
A: And then we’ll all live long cancer-free lives having lots of sex and strange children.
B: Mmmmm. Bliss.

The end.

That’s basically what it’s about. Only with aliens and humans in a post-apocalyptic Earth instead of A and B at nightclub.
It’s imaginative. It’s well written. There’s enough tension to keep the pages turning. But it’s a weak ending to a series whose first two books chronicled the near extinction and then stumbling resurrection of the human race.
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Reading Progress

July 22, 2016 – Started Reading
July 22, 2016 – Shelved
August 6, 2016 – Finished Reading

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