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Delilah Rehm
11-02-2007, 09:52 AM
Lilithís Brood (http://www.amazon.com/Liliths-Brood-Octavia-E-Butler/dp/0446676101/ref=sr_1_4/104-0863285-2434351?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194007643&sr=1-4)is a collection of three Octavia Butler (http://www.sfwa.org/members/butler/)(one of my favorite authors) books. Dawn (http://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Xenogenesis-Octavia-E-Butler/dp/0446603775/ref=sr_1_8/104-0863285-2434351?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194007643&sr=1-8) is the beginning of Lilithís story set after the last war on Earth, when the only survivors are alien captives. I loved the writing as usual, but I really disliked this story. Why? Because the whole time (after I figured out what was going on) I knew Lilith had no chance to succeed in her primary goal. It was depressing! I give Dawn a two out of five. Normally, you wonít see that kind of score from me, and not just because I try to avoid books I wonít like, but because I wonít bore you with them (or give them press). So why Dawn? Because I love Octavia, and the rest of the trilogy is superb, and itís worth reading the first one just for that!

Adulthood Rites (http://www.amazon.com/Adulthood-Rites-Xenogenesis-Butler-Octavia/dp/0446514225/ref=sr_1_31/104-0863285-2434351?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194007355&sr=1-31), book two, is about Akin, a mixed species human born male, the first ever. Akin is on a quest, but doesnít realize it. He knows his human parents harbor huge resentments (Lilith is one of his mothers), and he sympathizes with the rebel humans more than any of his generation. I love watching his struggles and especially the final gambit to save the human race. I give it five out of five.

Imago (http://www.amazon.com/Imago-Three-Xenogenesis-Octavia-Butler/dp/0446603635/ref=sr_1_13/104-0863285-2434351?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194007256&sr=1-13), book three, gives us another of Lilithís children, Jodahs. I really love Jodahs and his plight to merely survive when it seems both the aliens and the humans are against him. The end of the book is scary because of how real it feels. I really liked this one, four out of five.