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Adulthood Rites (Lilith's Brood Book Two): An unforgettable sci-fi novel from the multi-award-winning author

Octavia E. Butler

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Lilith's Brood, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction

A dark and complex coming-of-age story that could only come from the mind of the multi-award winning science fiction author Octavia E. Butler.

Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy, Akin. But his genealogy is complicated and includes an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war. The price the Oankali exact is a high one - they are compelled to genetically merge their species with other races, drastically altering both in the process.

On a rehabilitated Earth, this new race is emerging, living alongside the 'pure' humans who choose to resist the aliens and the salvation they offer. These resisters are sterilized so that they cannot reproduce the genetic defect that drives humanity to destroy itself.

When the resisters kidnap young Akin, the Oankali choose to leave the child with his captors. Will Akin give the resisters back their fertility and freedom, even though they will only destroy themselves again

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Praise for Adulthood Rites (Lilith's Brood Book Two): An unforgettable sci-fi novel from the multi-award-winning author

  • Butler's books are exceptional - Village Voice

  • In a field dominated by white male authors, Butler's African-American feminist perspective is unique, and uniquely suited to reshape the boundaries of the sci-fi genre - L.A. Style

  • Butler's books are exceptional - Village Voice

  • In a field dominated by white male authors, Butler's African-American feminist perspective is unique, and uniquely suited to reshape the boundaries of the sci-fi genre - L.A. Style

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Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was the author of numerous ground-breaking novels, including Kindred, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. Recipient of the Locus, Hugo and Nebula awards, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship 'Genius Grant'.

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