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Lilith's Brood Paperback – June 1, 2000
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"SHOWS THE AUTHOR AT THE HEIGHT OF HER IMAGINATIVE AND WRITING POWERS". -- Essence
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The acclaimed trilogy that comprises LILITH'S BROOD is multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winner Octavia E. Butler at her best. Presented for the first time in one volume, with an introduction by Joan Slonczewski, Ph.D., LILITH'S BROOD is a profoundly evocative, sensual -- and disturbing -- epic of human transformation.
Lilith Iyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected -- by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: their own children. This is their story...
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I was amazed at these novels. This trilogy that Ms. Butler has created. It's post-apocalyptic with a different twist. An Alien species saves the survivors of a modern apocalyptic war that destroys most of Earth. These aliens repair Earth and they take the survivors, those willing to become part of their species. Humanity will get to the Stars once the Aliens trade DNA with them. The first novel tells the tale on one survivor and her indoctrination into the Aliens society. The second book tells the story of her son, a human-alien construct. The third book tells the story of the first human-construct of the Alien's third sex. Yes, they have male, female, and a third type, one that can manipulate DNA at the molecular level.
These books make you think about what it is to be human. That was one of Octavia Butler's strengths, this type of story. Buy it, I guarantee that you will enjoy it, be fascinated with this trilogy. Well worth the money.
Oh, what would I do? Join with them of course.
For various reasons (slow pacing, too much introspection, and a bit repetitive), the books are just not quite my cup of tea. They will, however, appeal to lots of readers, not just sci-fi fans. The writing is thoughtful and philosophical. But don't look for action or a lively pace in them.
The only problem I can point out are the alien names in the book, they sometimes can get confusing.
I share the somewhat bleak vision of Mankind that Octavia had and I think we, as we are today, are a flawed species (as she put on the book) and I can't envision a good omen unless humanity went through a significant change, to the point of becoming another species.
Highly recommended!!! First contact at its best!
As for me, I'll read everything she wrote ;-)
Through war the people of Earth have destroyed the planet. The humans who survived are rescued by an alien race with the promise they will help them one day return to Earth. But at what cost?
Lilith’s Brood is a trilogy that takes us through this journey and explores issues of gender, race, hierarchy, and xenophobia. I enjoy Butler’s writing style, her ability to draw the reader in, and the way she gently leads the reader through this crazy journey. If I were to rate this book on the writing alone it would be a 5 star read. It was the bizarre world Butler created that I gave my overall rating a 3.5.
I will be looking at her other works.