Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. ButlerLilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler

Lilith's Brood

byOctavia E. Butler

Paperback | June 1, 2000

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The acclaimed trilogy that comprises LILITH'S BROOD is 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...
Octavia E. Butler was the first black woman to come to international prominence as a science fiction writer. Incorporating powerful, spare language and rich, well-developed characters, her work tackled race, gender, religion, poverty, power, politics, and science in a way that touched readers of all backgrounds. Butler was a towering f...
Title:Lilith's BroodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.25 inPublished:June 1, 2000Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0446676101

ISBN - 13:9780446676106

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended Octavia Butler has fans in high literary places, in the same way that Philip K Dick or Samuel Delaney Jr do, for writing sci-fi that is deep and rich fiction, period. As with any sci-fi, if it isn't your genre by natural inclination (it isn't mine), you may be put off by a sense of distracting invention for its own sake, by proper names that go heavy on consonants or syllables, or by flourishes of style that can be clunky or badly timed. These are not great obstacles to enjoying this saga about genetics, race, gender, identity, survival, extinction, etc. Here problematic questions are circled and yield insights but are not resolved, which is much to Butler's credit. She has a keen interest in group behaviour, but she also falls into the trap of making some characters very one-note, including her protagonists, in order to make those dynamics happen. I am not sorry to have finished the trilogy and I think back on scenes and characters sometimes as instructive points of reference, which is all you can hope for in a book. In terms of the themes addressed though, namely genetic engineering and apocalypticism, these are covered in a way that is more to my personal taste in Atwood's Oryx and Crake. Recommended.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant as always Octavia Butler holds a special place in my heart. I haven’t read many of her books, but my experience with Kindred blew me away and I became an instant fan. So I’ve been eager to jump into this large (and slightly intimidating) trilogy, Lilith’s Brood. I’m not really sure where to begin with this review – this is a complex and incredibly detailed trilogy, with some really tough themes. It explores the human need for independence and our tendency to destroy things we don’t understand or care for. The humans saved by the Oankali are given a choice – live with them in special villages on Earth and have children with them, or be left sterile and out in the wilderness to fend for themselves. How do you make a choice like that? The resulting conflict carries through the entire series – it’s quite a heavy theme. I read all three books in a row, which was mentally draining but worth it – I love books that make you think. This series really just confirmed my adoration for Butler. Her characters are so real and flawed and her world building blows me away. The Oankali biology is an integral part of the story, and she explores it with great depth. I was immersed in this world and felt a bit lost once it was done. I wish there was more.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Immersive Sci-Fi Recommended for those who love deep and imaginative sci-fi, lifelike characters, and examining the human condition through alien perspectives.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lilith's Brood I found this book to be a great, easy read. I had a hard time putting it down and highly recommend it to any sci fi lovers. The books are told from different perspectives of Lilith or descendents of Lilith and make you think about human tendencies but not too much.
Date published: 2001-04-17

From Our Editors

Octavia E. Butler presents three memorable tales in one extraordinary volume. After nuclear war destroys the world, the powerful Oankali aliens rescue Earth’s survivors. They survive by merging genetically with primitive peoples against their will in Dawn. Eager to recover their world, childless humans try to decontaminate themselves from alien influence by kidnapping hybrid children. Unfortunately, the raiders are unaware of the truth surrounding Earth’s new children in Adulthood Rites. The futures of humans and aliens rely on one young being’s successful transition to adulthood in Imago. Lilith’s Brood is a fascinating science fiction collection.

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