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It is this evolution away from humanity that becomes the main theme of Xenogenesis, but it is in the forefront of Clay's Ark. The difference, however, is that this evolution is almost entirely negative here, whereas in Xenogenesis there's an ambiguity to it that makes it much more complex than just a good/bad issue. Change happens (to quote Butler's more recent work). Why is it negative here in Clay's Ark? Because of the mindlessness of the extraterrestrial interaction. As humans, thinking and feeling humans, we see ourselves as ratiocentric--that is, we value the power of logic and rational thought and discount the so-called "animal" urges of instinct and biological compulsion.Read more ›
Patternmaster, the first published and last in the timeline, sets up our world as it will be in thousands of years. Technology has all but disappeared and there are telepaths ruling from households and controlling mutes, those humans without telepathic power. A third group are the clayarks, disease-ridden once humans who are disgustingly deformed and are feared and hunted. This brings us to Mind of My Mind where we see a world not too different than the one in which we now live, only the telepaths are only just beginning to take control. Next is the forgettable and all but disowned by Butler Survivor. The clayark disease has ravaged the Earth and one last group is permitted to settle a different planet. It ties into the Patternist world, but only from a tangent. Wild Seed gives us the origins of Doro, he who had the breeding program to develop the telepaths.
This brings us to the final novel in the Patternist sequence: Clay's Ark. Now, if we had not read Patternmaster we would have no idea what the clayarks are to become or what what the significance of the title Clay's Ark actually is. The title itself rewards readers of the series while it sets of warning bells about the content of the novel. If we are reading in publication order we know that the clayarks came from some sort of extra terrestrial virus / entity and that they overran the land. We know that something bad is coming and that this novel is likely to show us how it happened.Read more ›
It's my understanding that this story is a prequel that explains some things in the final book, but i'm not entirely sure it needed telling. It's definitely obvious that this was an afterthought instead of a main idea. While prequels are always interesting, do they really contribute anything more than just filling in details and appeasing fans?
While the disturbing nature of this book definitely kept the pages turning, I didn't feel connected to any of the characters. Honestly, I was reading to see what happened not because I had any deep attachment to their well being. What I did find interesting was how this book took a different approach to the idea of a small group of people endowed with different abilities struggle to maintain their humanity. While in Mind of My Mind and Wild Seed this played out in the breeding networks of Doro and the mind control of Mary, this small group of people were fighting within every inch of their lives to resist dark urges that went against human nature and made a new societal structure for themselves.
Overall, while it had the disturbing action and interesting premise i've come to expect from Octavia Butler I am not so sure this was a book that necessarily needed to be written. Interested to see how this ties into the fourth book.
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astonishing writer - this isn't my favorite series of hers but i did like this 3rd book much better than the 2nd. Read morePublished 1 month ago by louisa dyer
A family is abducted into an enclave infected by a powerful, virulent alien symbiont. The book tracks two timelines: the initial outbreak of the symbiont, and the family's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Juushika
This one was ok. I wasn't crazy about the story but it had its perks I suppose. It just threw me off with the patternist themePublished 5 months ago by Mshoneylove
"Seed to Harvest" has all three books for the price of one. I wish I would've realized, I bought all 4 :/Published 8 months ago by Demsthebreaks
The Patternist series is one of Butlers most important, and this is book 3.
Obviously start with book 1, even more so with a complex fascinating series like this one. Read more
Not as good as the other four but still fascinating to learn how the Clayarks evolved.Published 10 months ago by misslb
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