Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Review # 2- Lilith's Brood

I returned to my science fiction genre.   Lilith's Brood is a trilogy, Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago.  All three were great.  The fact that they were bound together just made it easier to read all three. 

Octavia E. Butler creates a new civilization based on an alien spececies.  After the earth ends in World War Three (typical sci-fie beginning) an alien species regrows the earth and populates it with rescued humans.  But the book gets really good when the aliens present thier plan, to "trade" with humans.  The aliens want to create a new race with mixed genes of the aliens species and humans. 

Each of the three books follows a different step in the process. 

Let me just say that her new interpretation of family and love is fascinating to watch.  She manages to create a world that is completely alien while being on earth with humans.  She captures what it means to be human through the eyes of an alien.  She also shows that humans have a great gift for compassion and change.  This is what I love about science fiction, it shows humans in a way that other genres cannot do because the subject is too close.   

Butler is an amazing author.  She has won countless awards.  Her writing is engaging and kept me up many a night.  Her last book I read, Kindred Heart, touches on the subject of race with the same insight. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story.  If you have never read sci-fie you are missing something great.

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