Friday, July 13, 2007

Reviewed: "Dawn" by Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler is a black female sci-fi writer. I've read a couple of her other books and this trilogy was recommended to me by several people.

Of all the trilogies, I think I like this first one the best. It's a story of how the human race was saved from nuclear annihilation by aliens and what happens after that. It's also the story of Lilith, who ends up becoming an icon for the human who sold the human race out to aliens.

She was the first human woken to assimilate other humans to go back down to the rebuilt earth. The catch is that humans have been genetically altered and can't have children unless they have them with the aliens. Of course some humans rebel, and become "resistors". Humans life span has also been lengthened dramatically by the aliens and a life span of over 150 years is not uncommon.

I really identified strongly with Lilith and felt like she was put in an impossible position, but made do with it as well as she could.

Good summer reading!

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