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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Adulthood Rites by Octavia E. Adulthood Rites Xenogenesis 2 by Octavia E. In this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin.
But Akin actually has five parents: a male and female human, a male and female Oankali, and a sexless Ooloi. The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compell In this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin.
The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compelled to genetically merge their species with other races, drastically altering both in the process.
These resisters are sterilized by the Ooloi so that they cannot reproduce the genetic defect that drives humanity to destroy itself, but otherwise they are left alone unless they become violent. When the resisters kidnap young Akin, the Oankali choose to leave the child with his captors, for he the most "human" of the Oankali children will decide whether the resisters should be given back their fertility and freedom, even though they will only destroy themselves again.
This is the second volume in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis series, a powerful tale of alien existence. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 1st by Aspect first published June More Details Original Title. Xenogenesis 2. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Adulthood Rites , please sign up. I like the fact Octavia Butler poses a couple major questions in her book. Are humans irredeemable? Should they be given a chance? It seems to me she answers it in the affirmative against her better judgement. What do you think? Mel I think that despite the fact that they have no way of knowing if the humans will repeat their mistakes or be able to eliminate their problematic gene …more I think that despite the fact that they have no way of knowing if the humans will repeat their mistakes or be able to eliminate their problematic gene's through mating, to me it seemed like she was saying that no group or species has the right to make that decision.
It must be something earned by humans, or they destroy themselves, but it is no one else's choice to make. I suppose I'll see in the next book! About halfway through this book, I was struck by what a personal statement of self-understanding it was. Does anyone else agree that she saw herself as so different she was essentially an alien? And, did her self-perception change after winning awards and the genius grant?
Kathy Randall Or did those accolades make her racial differences stand out in greater relief? See 2 questions about Adulthood Rites…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Adulthood Rites Xenogenesis, 2. Oct 25, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
I find it oddly difficult to review an Octavia Butler book without filling it to the brim with cringe inducing sentimentality and hyperbole but I'll be damned if she doesn't make me all pensive and a touch maudlin every time I read her books.
I get this feeling that her kindness and compassion always seep through her books and it makes me feel a little wistful that she is no longer with us. Adulthood Rites is the second volume of the Lilith's Brood trilogy. In a nutshell it is the story of the la I find it oddly difficult to review an Octavia Butler book without filling it to the brim with cringe inducing sentimentality and hyperbole but I'll be damned if she doesn't make me all pensive and a touch maudlin every time I read her books.
The saved people are taken away to live on board their spaceships while the aliens clean up the Earth to make it habitable again. This second volume shifts the focus of the story to the point of view of a new protagonist Akin who is the son of Lilith lyapo, the main character of Dawn , and two other alien parents. Interbreeding with the alien is the price we have to pay for being rescued from extinction.
For the sci-fi enthusiasts there is plenty of mind blowing bio-technology with living ships, habitats food processing units and other bizarre devices.
The Oankali aliens with their versatile tentacles, metamorphosis and third sexual gender are wondrously imagined. The post-apocalypse Earth being repopulated is also very vivid. The main virtue of the book for me though is the ideas, themes or principles behind these wild inventions. Butler communicates her points through story telling without the narrative ever coming across like preaching. According to the aliens, left to our own devices Man will always self-destruct but we are too valuable as a species to allow becoming extinct so they have modified the humans to only procreate with at least one alien partner.
The story is full of dilemma and moral quandaries, everybody is right and wrong at same time. If I was reading this book as a teenager I would have been swept away by the sense of wonder and the world building. Reading it as an adult I find much more interesting issues to think about. They are so believable that sometimes the well-intentioned but obstinate characters actually make me angry. You will probably want to skip this paragraph because it will probably make you roll your eyes.
I just want to say that I think Octavia Butler epitomizes the best of what a human being could aspire to be in term of decency, kindness and wisdom. That said I am going to read the final book in this trilogy, Imago , immediately after this!
View all 16 comments. Mar 17, J. Sutton rated it really liked it. It's what your biology says it is--what your genes say it is. When Akin is kidnapped, the focus of the story is on him growing up among humans who have resisted the Oankali's help.
Can Akin convince them the time has come to accept help from the Oankali or will they continue to self-destruct in their separate communities? There are a lot of interesting things going on in Adulthood Rites. Butler tackles people's fear of differences even if those differences are only superficial , hierarchical structures often associated with a toxic masculinity and an inability to think in non-binary terms.
Can humans overcome what Oankali see as their limitations and embrace the future? Adulthood Rites is a compelling sequel to Dawn that I really enjoyed but, in my mind, didn't answer enough questions. Leaving some questions unanswered is okay, of course, but Adulthood Rites didn't quite leave me satisfied. Guess I will have to read the next one! View 2 comments.
May 05, Stuart rated it it was amazing Shelves: alien-contact , favorites , superhuman-powers , humanistic-sf. It continues the story of Lilith in Dawn , a human woman revived by the alien Oankali centuries after humanity has mostly destroyed itself with nuclear weapons.
Akin is unique in that until now the Oankali have not allowed human males to be born to other humans, in order to avoid what they perceive as the aggressive nature of males. Nevertheless, his Oankali DNA imparts special traits like rapid mental development, healing ability, and sensory organs that allow him to communicate with both humans and Oankali at a more instinctual level.
This is the normal mode of exchange for the Oankali, who have only adopted speech to be more accessible to humans. Akin is intended by the Oankali to be a bridge to understanding humans better and furthering the integration process. They communicate constantly by means of sensory tentacles, exchanging feelings, sensations, and thoughts between family units and larger groupings.
More importantly, the biology and sexual practices of the Oankali are bizarre, unsettling, and downright creepy. Once again, Butler never shies away from making the reader uncomfortable by testing our comfort zones.
Just as in Dawn, humanity seems primitive, distrusting, and brutish in comparison to the Oankali. Again and again, resisters prove that they will quickly resort to violence when faced with difficult situations, attacking both Oankali and human collaborators. In return, the Oankali will subdue them but try to avoid killing other than as a last resort.
After reading Dawn, my initial impression was that Butler really had a dim view of humanity and that the far more advanced and evolved Oankali were a benevolent race intent on fixing the flaws of humanity out of both biological imperative and a desire to improve their lot. However, based on a discussion on my review of Dawn and after reading excellent reviews of the series by Tor.
Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler (1988)
Humans persecute their different ones, yet they need to give themselves definition and status. Oankali seek difference and collect it. They need it to keep themselves from stagnation. When you feel a conflict, try to go the Oankali way. Embrace difference. The tentacled interplanetary beings were gene traders whose survival required constant hybridization. And we were their new breeding stock, forced through genetic engineering to give birth to a new species.
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Lilith's Brood is a collection of three works by Octavia E. The three volumes of this science fiction series Dawn , Adulthood Rites , and Imago were previously collected in the now out of print volume, Xenogenesis. The collection was first published under the current title of Lilith's Brood in The first novel in the trilogy, Dawn , begins with Lilith Iyapo a black human woman alone in what seems like a prison cell.