Lilith's Brood

Butler, Octavia E.

Book - 2000
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Lilith's Brood
Lilith Lyapo 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.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central, 2000, c1989
Edition: 1st trade ed
ISBN: 0446676101
Branch Call Number: SF BUTLER 2000
Characteristics: 746 p. ;,21 cm


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Lilith is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later she is resurrected by powerful aliens, the Oankali. Originally published in separate volumes as the Xenogenesis trilogy.

When Lilith wakes again and again in a featureless room after a world-destroying war, she speculates it is the Soviets who are experimenting with her. However, her captors are the true other: aliens.

Centuries after nuclear apocalypse, Lilith discovers the Oankali have rescued her from earth. The price? Interbreeding with their tentacled race who have drastically different ideas about gender and race.

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Jul 09, 2012
  • atsfromcleve rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Octavia Butler is an addictive writer. Her words & worlds burrow into your mind. Under appreciated in my opinion.

I noted over 16 in the age recommendation because she is complex and I don't think the story would appeal to younger readers, not that there is anything inappropriate.

Feb 22, 2012
  • Incarnadine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An incredible SF trilogy in one volume!
This is one of the series I'd recommend that people start with if they are new to Octavia Butler.
This trilogy features aliens, healing and loss in a post-apocalyptic earth, natural genetic modification, and questions about what is unique about humans. A fantastic series, with unforgettable characters and ideas!

Sep 20, 2011
  • bibliophage91 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is trilogy. The first book is 'Dawn' - Lilith – according to C.S. Lewis, wasn’t she Adam’s first, demon/djinn wife? Or, look at this Lilith as an Eve parallel. Djwhatsit is the snake, and there’s even a fruit, though I think it was a banana. This was a really a fast read - surreal.
Adulthood Rites - as the protagonists become less human, a bit harder to identify.
Imago - my least favorite of the three, but I still recommend you read it.


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Jul 09, 2012
  • atsfromcleve rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

atsfromcleve thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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