- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780446696166
- ISBN-13: 978-0446696166
- ASIN: 0446696161
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 282 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, often referred to as the "grand dame of science fiction," was the author of several award-winning novels including Parable of the Talents, winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant and numerous literary awards, she has been acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations in stories that range from the distant past to the far future. She passed away on February 24, 2006.
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The novel shares some themes with her Xenogenesis series, commonly referred to as the Lilith's Brood trilogy. She asks a lot of questions about being and belonging and delves into personal change, fitting in, conforming (or not), sense of self, and dependence among other things. While she explored all of those things to a really stunning degree of introspection and awareness in (particularly the first novel of) Lilith's Brood and with a setting and story that was unlike anything else I've read, I feel like Fledgling was a rehash, with a more conventional setting and characters. In comparison it lacked the depth and sometimes painful honesty of the other tale and certainly the uniqueness. I probably would have been happier with this book if I'd read it first, but had it been my introduction to Octavia Butler, I'm not sure I would have been as eager to seek out her other novels. And if you don't read at least Dawn you're missing out.
For those familiar with Ms Butler's other works, such as the " Lilith's Brood series " and " Wildseed ", Butler's " Fledgling " will come as a welcomed treat. On the other hand, this current work opened up a entirely new perspective and possible book series. Too bad readers won't experience that possibility .