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Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis, Book Two) Paperback – April 1, 1997
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- Publisher : Warner Aspect Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446603783
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446603782
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.77 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #203,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This second volume picks up a few decades later. Humans and aliens have been interbreeding (aliens have three "sexes," and reproduction is complicated--which is one of the really cool things about this series--it eliminates in a very believable way the gender binary) and a few "constructs" have reached maturity. We begin with one of those constructs, in the womb of their human mother. The construct has the alien ability to remember everything, but can (mostly) "pass" as human. As the construct grows, they mingle with humans--many of who have refused to mingle with the aliens, and ran off to form villages of "resisters."
My only reservation is that the story drags, especially compared to the first volume of the trilogy. Too much of the construct kid wandering around, not really doing anything interesting, while it learns about humans, and we learn more about aliens. But the story picks up in the second half, and I tore through the rest of the book.
Looking forward to volume three.
I did, frequently, in this book have problems with the author's use of personal pronouns. Not so much with the gender of an individual, as which she was, actually, indicating. And the names of the aliens and their artifacts. It seemed that the author strung letters together by picking Scrabble tiles, at random. These names might have alternative meanings, but, I'm not bright enough to figure it out.
Obviously, this series tells an interesting story,I'm continuing the journey.
While Dawn was setting everything up and focused mostly on the surviving humans adapting to their new lives, Adulthood Rites is about, well, adulthood rites. It primarily focuses on the mixed children of Oankali and humans - specifically the first male construct and son of Lilith.
I found the Oankali and mixed constructs interesting but less interesting than the human struggles. At times I grew annoyed with the sexual aspect of the book too. Generally I don't mind and I think the premise of the idea is really interesting (family mating units consisting of 3+ individuals, etc.) But as it went on I cared less and less about it and wanted more substance.
Overall I thought this was a good fleshing out of the characters, world, and ideas that were started in the first book and I'm interested in seeing how the two are blended together for the third and final book of the trilogy.
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I want to give the series a lower rating for all the reasons mentioned above, but it is nonetheless an interesting series that explores interesting ideas with interesting characters. And I did choose to read all three books.