Dawn

Dawn

eBook - 2012
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Rescued from Earth's destruction, one woman is called upon to revive mankind. Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth, the last stage of the planet's final war. Hundreds of years later, Lilith awakes, deep in the hold of a massive alien spacecraft piloted by the Oankali, who arrived just in time to save humanity from extinction. They have kept Lilith and other survivors asleep for centuries, as they learned whatever they could about Earth. Now it is time for Lilith to lead them back to her home world, but life among the Oankali on the newly resettled planet will be nothing like it was before. The Oankali survive by genetically merging with primitive civilizations, whether their new hosts like it or not. For the first time since the nuclear holocaust, Earth will be inhabited. Grass will grow, animals will run, and people will learn to survive the planet's untamed wilderness. But their children will not be human. Not exactly. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler, including rare images from the author's estate.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla, 2012.
[United States] : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy, 2012.
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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EmilyPrime
Jul 03, 2017

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL I JUST READ BUT. I. LOVED. EVERY. WORD. Also I still don't understand what's so bad about having an awesome super powered alien Cthulhu baby WHO WOULDN'T WANT THIS. Okay I'm a little weird but clearly this woman gets it, an incredibly original book with solid characters and unpredictable plot, can't wait to drown myself in her work.

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ryner
Jun 29, 2017

Two hundred fifty years after human activity destroyed the viability of Earth, Lilith Iyapo awakens in a strange room aboard a living, alien spaceship. One of the ship's inhabitants, a grotesque, tentacled creature, explains to Lilith what has happened: These otherworldly beings, the Oankali, rescued the few remaining humans from their dying planet and placed them, sleeping, aboard their ship in a state of suspended animation until such time that Earth will be safe for them to repopulate...together.

Following 'Kindred' (which was phenomenal -- you should drop everything and read it right now!), this was my second sampling of Octavia Butler's works. It's a little bit more sci-fi then I tend normally to gravitate toward within the SFF genre, but I enjoyed it and will definitely pick up books 2 and 3 in the series.

This book challenged me, made me think, kept me riveted, then RIPPED MY HEART OUT

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Incarnadine
Aug 23, 2012

Dawn is the first book in Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, now collected in the volume "Lilith's Brood." An amazing book, and a good way to start reading the incomparable Octavia Butler!
***spoiler alert***
Human self-destructive tendencies bring about a collapse of civilization through nuclear war, but Lilith Ayapo and other survivors have been rescued by aliens who are natural genetic engineers. Lilith must assume the impossible position of being the "midwife" or "mother" to human survival as a self-determining species.What are the differences and similarities between human and alien? Where are the boundaries, and why? When humans owe their survival to aliens, what are their mutual obligations? What do they need from each other?Fascinating, unforgettable, sexy, feminist, and antiracist book!

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NH550
Jun 09, 2012

I'm not much of a sci-fi reader, but I love Octavia Butler's writing. Her books are incredibly intelligent and thought-provoking, while still being accessible and entertaining.
_Dawn_ is no exception. This is the story of Lilith, who was rescued from Earth when nuclear war ended life there. Now she must learn about those who rescued her, and what life will be like as a new species dawns.

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