A PATTERNIST NOVEL (2): a young woman comes into her own power and challenges the ruthless man who controls her.
'A book that shifted my life... Epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant' VIOLA DAVIS on Wild Seed
'A literary pioneer' VANITY FAIR on Octavia E. Butler
A PATTERNIST NOVEL: BOOK TWO
The baby's name is Mary, and her father is immortal.
For thousands of years, Doro has pursued perfection, experimenting with humanity and seeking out rare - and powerful - talents. His finest creation is Mary, a young black woman who grows up on the rough outskirts of Los Angeles.
Doro knows he must handle Mary carefully or risk her ending like his previous experiments - dead, either by her own hand or his.
What he doesn't suspect is that Mary is beginning to learn just how much power she wields. As she comes of age, Mary must harness her newfound abilities to challenge the ruthless man who controls her - and fight to free her people once and for all.
Octavia E. Butler is one of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had across canons - as creators, readers, critics, we're still wrestling with her extraordinary work
No novel I've read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential... If you've ever tweeted "All Lives Matter", someone needs to shove Kindred into your hand, and quickly
[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human - New York Times
Octavia Butler was playing out our very real possibilities as humans. I think she can help each of us to do the same
OCTAVIA E. BUTLER (1947-2006) was the renowned author of numerous ground-breaking novels, including Kindred, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. Recipient of the Locus, Hugo and Nebula awards, and a PEN Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work, in 1995 she became the first science-fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship 'Genius Grant'. A pioneer of her genre, Octavia's dystopian novels explore myriad themes of Black injustice, women's rights, global warming and political disparity, and her work is taught in over two hundred colleges and universities nationwide.
In 2020, Octavia E. Butler became a New York Times bestselling author.