Dawn

(Lilith's Brood #1)

248 pages

English language

Published Oct. 28, 1997 by Warner Books.

ISBN:
9780446603775
OCLC Number:
36801512

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4 stars (21 reviews)

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 …

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5 stars

I couldn't stop myself from reading it. Once start, mate, this book wasn't leaving my hands. How long has it been since my last Butler book? Omg, she's such a good writer. The way she hooks you up is magic. If only her and Le Guin were a bit more queer and less binary in their writings, but, well...

dawn

4 stars

The Oankali have strange and disturbing ideas about consent, which makes this an uncomfortable book to read. (This is, like, intentional, though.)

There's a disregard for singular 'they' as a genderless pronoun, instead 'it' is used to refer to the Ooloi; this doesn't feel as bad as it might because it's apparently the pronoun that the Ooloi chose to use for themselves in English

The biggest problem I have with it technically is that not all that much happens for much of the book? At least the first half is spent with Lilith just learning things about the Oankali. Which is interesting, but pretty slow

Review of 'Dawn' on 'LibraryThing'

4 stars

I read this in a day and haven't stopped thinking about in the couple of weeks since. It's an incredibly uncomfortable read. At the end I was angry with Butler for writing such a grotesque scenario, but on reflection that reaction amounts to shooting the messenger. It's an absolutely brutal exploration of what complete loss of autonomy does to people

Review of 'Dawn' on 'LibraryThing'

4 stars

I read this in a day and haven't stopped thinking about in the couple of weeks since. It's an incredibly uncomfortable read. At the end I was angry with Butler for writing such a grotesque scenario, but on reflection that reaction amounts to shooting the messenger. It's an absolutely brutal exploration of what complete loss of autonomy does to people

Review of 'Dawn' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I really wanted to give this 5 stars just for the sheer novelty of the work (and the fact I binge read it in one day, so you know it's decent) but couldn't quite because I think there were a few flaws in the handling of the human and aliens. There was not enough variety in personality: it just did not make sense to me, in this world where you can find tentacle porn fetish folk (in fairness maybe the author didn't know those people existed?), that every single human would flinch from the aliens on sight, or that they would have to be so damn coercive and have to force /all/ the humans to have no options but to breed with them in order to crossbreed! Similarly, you'd think a sapient species would have at least one or two conscientious objectors or weirdos instead of all of them universally …

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