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Fledgling is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted — and still wants — to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of otherness and questions what it means to be truly human.

Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of otherness and questions what it means to be truly human.

Review:

"The much-lauded Butler creates vampires in her 12th novel that have about as much to do with Bram Stoker's Dracula as HBO's Deadwood does with High Noon. They need human blood to survive, but they don't kill unless they have to, and (given several hundred years) they'll eventually die peacefully of old age. They are Ina, and they've coexisted with humans for millennia, imparting robust health and narcotic bliss with every bite to their devoted human blood donors, aka 'symbionts.' Shori is a 53-year-old Ina (a juvenile) who wakes up in a cave, amnesiac and seriously wounded. As is later revealed, her family and their symbionts were murdered because they genetically engineered a generation of part-Ina, part-human children. Shori was their most successful experiment: she can stay conscious during daylight hours, and her black skin helps protect her from the sun. The lone survivor, Shori must rely on a few friendly (and tasty) people to help her warn other Ina families and rediscover herself. Butler, keeping tension high, reveals the mysteries of the Ina universe bit by tantalizing bit. Just as the Ina's collective honor and dignity starts to get a little dull, a gang of bigoted, black sheep Ina rolls into town for a species-wide confab-cum-smackdown. In the feisty Shori, Butler has created a new vampire paradigm — one that's more prone to sci-fi social commentary than gothic romance — and given a tired genre a much-needed shot in the arm." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Butler has a reputation as a master for good reason, and her narrative flows quickly and seamlessly along as Shori seeks those who would destroy her. Gripping and memorable..." Booklist (Starred Review)

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"There's not a drop of Bela Lugosi in these pages, but Fledgling exercises the same hypnotic power the old Count projected onto his victims. Squirming in my chair, I was totally hooked, sometimes nauseated, anxious to put it down, but unable to look away." Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Review:

"A finely crafted character study, a parable about race and an exciting family saga. Exquisitely moving fiction." Kirkus

Review:

"This is Nebula Award winner Butler's first novel in seven years; the conclusion suggests it is likely the start of a series." Library Journal

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"At first glance, Fledgling's only flaw is that it ends. Yet the conclusion is a satisfying one, with no loose ends. The real problem is that despite this, it leaves the reader wanting more. More Shori. More Ina. In a word, more books." Seattle Times

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"Readers familiar with...Parable of the Sower and Bloodchild will recall that [Butler] never asks easy questions or settles for easy answers." Gerald Jonas, The New York Times

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"[Butler's] writing is vivid and tense....The book is laced with emotionally and erotically charged encounters....It's a fascinating read, uncomfortable, horrifying, and ugly at times, but always compelling." Boston Globe

Synopsis:

Best-selling and nationally acclaimed author Octavia Butler puts a new spin on the vampire novel

Synopsis:

Fledgling, Octavia Butlers first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.

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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.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Readers familiar with . . . Parable of the Sower and Bloodchild will recall that [Butler] never asks easy questions or settles for easy answers.”—Gerald Jonas in The New York Times

Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of “otherness” and questions what it means to be truly human.

Octavia E. Butler is the author of 11 novels, including Kindred, Dawn, and Parable of the Sower. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and numerous other literary awards, she has been acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations that range from the distant past to the far future.

About the Author

Octavia E. Butler is the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. 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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Courtney Young, November 30, 2012 (view all comments by Courtney Young)
Octavia Butler's Fledgling is a solid read. A book that is many parts fantasy with a bit of action and mystery, it tells the story of Shori, a 52 year old vampire in the body of an 11 year old who wakes up one day badly injured with no memory of her past. The novel charts her journey to find out who and what she is as well as her efforts to steer clear of those who want her dead. Fledgling is an intelligent vampire novel with themes that span the gamut of race, family, gender, and age. An enjoyable and smart read!
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Octavia Butler once again with this book proves why she is considered one of the best fiction writers alive today. Written with a unique sensibility.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781583226902
Author:
Butler, Octavia E.
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Author:
Butler, Octavi
Author:
A E.
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
September 8, 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The much-lauded Butler creates vampires in her 12th novel that have about as much to do with Bram Stoker's Dracula as HBO's Deadwood does with High Noon. They need human blood to survive, but they don't kill unless they have to, and (given several hundred years) they'll eventually die peacefully of old age. They are Ina, and they've coexisted with humans for millennia, imparting robust health and narcotic bliss with every bite to their devoted human blood donors, aka 'symbionts.' Shori is a 53-year-old Ina (a juvenile) who wakes up in a cave, amnesiac and seriously wounded. As is later revealed, her family and their symbionts were murdered because they genetically engineered a generation of part-Ina, part-human children. Shori was their most successful experiment: she can stay conscious during daylight hours, and her black skin helps protect her from the sun. The lone survivor, Shori must rely on a few friendly (and tasty) people to help her warn other Ina families and rediscover herself. Butler, keeping tension high, reveals the mysteries of the Ina universe bit by tantalizing bit. Just as the Ina's collective honor and dignity starts to get a little dull, a gang of bigoted, black sheep Ina rolls into town for a species-wide confab-cum-smackdown. In the feisty Shori, Butler has created a new vampire paradigm — one that's more prone to sci-fi social commentary than gothic romance — and given a tired genre a much-needed shot in the arm." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Butler has a reputation as a master for good reason, and her narrative flows quickly and seamlessly along as Shori seeks those who would destroy her. Gripping and memorable..."
"Review" by , "There's not a drop of Bela Lugosi in these pages, but Fledgling exercises the same hypnotic power the old Count projected onto his victims. Squirming in my chair, I was totally hooked, sometimes nauseated, anxious to put it down, but unable to look away."
"Review" by , "A finely crafted character study, a parable about race and an exciting family saga. Exquisitely moving fiction."
"Review" by , "This is Nebula Award winner Butler's first novel in seven years; the conclusion suggests it is likely the start of a series."
"Review" by , "At first glance, Fledgling's only flaw is that it ends. Yet the conclusion is a satisfying one, with no loose ends. The real problem is that despite this, it leaves the reader wanting more. More Shori. More Ina. In a word, more books."
"Review" by , "Readers familiar with...Parable of the Sower and Bloodchild will recall that [Butler] never asks easy questions or settles for easy answers."
"Review" by , "[Butler's] writing is vivid and tense....The book is laced with emotionally and erotically charged encounters....It's a fascinating read, uncomfortable, horrifying, and ugly at times, but always compelling."
"Synopsis" by ,
Best-selling and nationally acclaimed author Octavia Butler puts a new spin on the vampire novel
"Synopsis" by , Fledgling, Octavia Butlers first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.
"Synopsis" 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.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Readers familiar with . . . Parable of the Sower and Bloodchild will recall that [Butler] never asks easy questions or settles for easy answers.”—Gerald Jonas in The New York Times

Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of “otherness” and questions what it means to be truly human.

Octavia E. Butler is the author of 11 novels, including Kindred, Dawn, and Parable of the Sower. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and numerous other literary awards, she has been acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations that range from the distant past to the far future.

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