Dawn

Dawn

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Lilith lyapo awoke from a centuries-long sleep to find herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali. Creatures covered in writhing tentacles, the Oankali had saved every surviving human from a dying, ruined Earth. They healed the planet, cured cancer, increased strength, and were now ready to help Lilith lead her people back to Earth--but for a price.
Publisher: New York : Aspect/Warner Books, [1997]
Edition: Warner Books Edition.
Copyright Date: ©1987
ISBN: 9780446603775
0446603775
Branch Call Number: F BUTLER
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 21 cm.

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The human race, now infertile, fights to maintain its identity when the alien species, Oankali, offers to trade genetic material and bioengineering at the price of metamorphosing a new kind of being.


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Reader4ever2day
Feb 15, 2019

This book surprised me, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I don't usually read books about aliens but once
I started, I couldn't put it down.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 12, 2018

I first read this in 1988 or '89 when it was a required text for an English course called "Power and Control." I fell in love with it and with Octavia Butler. Of all her work, this is the most amazing. The worlds she creates (Alien and new-Earth) are brilliant visions of a more than binary female/male view of possibilities. Other reviewers have noted that it is a challenging text, and it is, but it is such a step forward in Science Fiction and cultural critique that I think it is a "must read" for any sci-fi fan. It is also a "must read" for feminists who long for women to have control of their own bodies in an America where male-dominated governmental bodies and religious bodies seem to take precedence over actual human female bodies.
(I do have to point out that it was not until the second printing that the white woman on the cover was replaced with a darker skinned woman. Apparently, no one noticed that a black author had written about a black character. Funny, that.)

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Purpurj
Nov 28, 2018

Once I got into this book I realize it is Lilith's Brood with a different title. One I had read previously. Rather disappointed.

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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.

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ker0wyn
Jun 15, 2016

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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