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Dawn

By Octavia E. Butler
Dawn by Octavia E. Butler digital book - Fable

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An alien race calls on one woman to revive mankind after Earth’s apocalypse in this science fiction classic from the award-winning author of Parable of the Sower.
 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.

Featuring strong and compelling characters and exploring complex themes of gender and species, Octavia E. Butler presents a powerful, postapocalyptic interplanetary epic, as well as a ray of hope for humanity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate. 

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4.0
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This shit was dope I could hardly put it down. Im usually a pretty slow reader but i got through this reletvely quickly. I was getting so invested in our main character. there was def some twists i wasnt expecting”
Beautifully writtenDescriptive writingImmersive settingViolence
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Will forever be one of my faves. Final thoughts: if it’s the end of the world and you’re tasked with reimagining the future of humanity, maybe don’t bring back a cop 🤷🏻‍♀️”
Reviewed in:woc & often gay
Characters change and growLikable charactersMorally ambiguousMulti-layered charactersOriginal charactersRelatable characters
Slightly Smiling Face“I really enjoy Octavia Butlers work!!! This book was very interesting and thought provoking. The book kept me on my toes and always wanting more. I loved how you would think a character is one way and then turns out completely different. I will definitely be continuing the series.”
Reviewed in:woc & often gay
Diverse charactersMorally ambiguousMulti-layered charactersConversationalComplexMind-bendingUnpredictableCreative settingFuturisticMystical
Thinking Face“This is the fourth full length novel by Octavia Butler that I’ve read so far. I’ve never been much of a science fiction reader but Butler’s works have fully immersed me in the genre. I will say, I had trouble getting into it at first but once I was about 1/3 of the way through I couldn’t put it down. Butler has such an amazing talent for sucking you into a world so different yet so similar to our own. I love how she is able to tie the political with the fictional. Another wonderful read!”
Reviewed in:woc & often gay
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMorally ambiguousEasy to readComplexMind-bendingUnpredictableImmersive settingThought-provoking
Thinking Face“It was good but definitely not as good as the Earthseed duology or Kindred (writing style, characters, plot progression). I'll probably continue the series though because I am interested in seeing where it goes next. The first book feels like JUST the beginning.”
Reviewed in:woc & often gay
Thought-provokingUnengaging characters

About Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006) was a bestselling and award-winning author, considered one of the best science fiction writers of her generation. She received both the Hugo and Nebula awards, and in 1995 became the first author of science fiction to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. She was also awarded the prestigious PEN Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Her first novel, Patternmaster (1976), was praised both for its imaginative vision and for Butler’s powerful prose, and spawned four prequels, beginning with Mind of My Mind (1977) and finishing with Clay’s Ark (1984).

Although the Patternist series established Butler among the science fiction elite, it was Kindred (1979), a story of a black woman who travels back in time to the antebellum South, that brought her mainstream success. In 1985, Butler won Nebula and Hugo awards for the novella “Bloodchild,” and in 1987 she published Dawn, the first novel of the Xenogenesis trilogy, about a race of aliens who visit earth to save humanity from itself. Fledgling (2005) was Butler’s final novel. She died at her home in 2006.

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