Lilith's Brood

Lilith's Brood

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Lilith Lyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected, by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: Their own children. This is their story.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2000
Edition: First trade edition
Copyright Date: ©1989
ISBN: 9780446676106
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION Butler 1989
Characteristics: 746 pages ; 21 cm

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Nov 12, 2020

Lilith's Brood is one of the most brilliant books I've ever read. I was obsessed with it for months after the first time I read it. Earth is on the verge of extinction. In come the Oankali, a dying race that survives by scavenging other races and cultures to augment their own. This book (a collection of three short novels) explores issues of individual, cultural, and species identity in a unique way, posing moral scenarios that have no easy answers. Is it better to let the human race die out, or allow it to mutate with the Oankali to live on? And if it lives on in a mutated form, is it even still human any longer? A work of genius.

Dec 24, 2016

I can't say enough good about Lilith's Brood and Octavia Butler's works in general. Her prose is very good (always important to me) but her characters and the situations they face are really amazing. She explores the "light" and "dark" sides of love, family, and social bonds from angles I've never seen in any other writer's works. Soul-torturing choices between loyalties that go as deep as any Greek tragedy, and a perspective on the inherently coercive nature of society, make her work creatively disturbing and provocative. I RECOMMEND YOU READ ALL OF HER WORK!

Profoundly disturbing and insightful. These characters confront situations in which there are no right choices, where even the concept of free choice is brought into question, and yet they continue to live and take action. Butler offers no easy or clear moral answers.

Apr 21, 2016

This is an outstanding work. Articulate, compelling, honest. Highly recommended !!!

Amandatoryrant Jul 09, 2012

Octavia Butler is an addictive writer. Her words & worlds burrow into your mind. Under appreciated in my opinion.

I noted over 16 in the age recommendation because she is complex and I don't think the story would appeal to younger readers, not that there is anything inappropriate.


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