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When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny...and the birth of a new faith.

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"Impassioned...stands out as a testament to the author's enormous talent." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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"Enthralling...compelling and truly original." Denver Post

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"Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction — period....A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature." Washington Post Book World

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"A new Octavia Butler novel is an exciting event....She is one of those rare authors who pay serious attention to the way human beings actually work together and against each other, and she does so with extraordinary plausibility." Locus

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"Butler's books are exceptional....She is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre...real women caught in impossible situations." The Village Voice

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"Splendid...immensely interesting...provocative, intelligent writing....A parable that deserves to be pondered." Cleveland Plain Dealer

About the Author

Octavia E. Butler is the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, and Kindred. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Nebula Award, and she has twice won the Hugo Award. She passed away on February 24, 2006, at the age of 58.

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Rachel K, August 18, 2012 (view all comments by Rachel K)
A thought-provoking and at times chillingly realistic dystopian novel. Lauren Olamina, the young narrator, lives in a gated community in southern California. Only the community's walls separate her, her family, and all the people she knows from the horrific world of abject poverty, violence, and addiction outside. But when the walls are broached, capable Lauren has not only planned for her survival, but also created a philosophy of adaptation to change that she hopes will be the seed of a new community which will eventually transform, and transcend, the world as they know it.

Butler's prose is subtle and realistic, belying the huge amount of research that must have gone into building such a carefully crafted alternate universe. While this book touches on many philosophical issues, they are explored in a natural rather than a heavy-handed way. All the main characters are three-dimensional, likeable yet perpetually vulnerable. The plot can be very dark (both physical and sexual violence are extremely commonplace in this alternate universe), but Lauren is both an optimistic and a realistic heroine, and her energy keeps the book from descending into hopelessness. Butler's stated purpose in writing this book was to challenge her readers to examine society, changes that are likely to occur, and how we can shape change. That she inspires exactly such philosophical musings while still hypnotizing with a complex and seamless setting, engaging characters, and delicately paced writing is an accomplishment indeed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446675505
Author:
Butler, Octavia E.
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
California, Southern
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Refugees; Philosophy; Religious groups
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Warner Books ed.
Edition Description:
Warner Books
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.65 lb

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Product details 352 pages Aspect - English 9780446675505 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Impassioned...stands out as a testament to the author's enormous talent."
"Review" by , "Enthralling...compelling and truly original."
"Review" by , "Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction — period....A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature."
"Review" by , "A new Octavia Butler novel is an exciting event....She is one of those rare authors who pay serious attention to the way human beings actually work together and against each other, and she does so with extraordinary plausibility."
"Review" by , "Butler's books are exceptional....She is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre...real women caught in impossible situations."
"Review" by , "Splendid...immensely interesting...provocative, intelligent writing....A parable that deserves to be pondered."
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