Octavia E. Butler
‘Butler writes with such a familiarity that the alien is welcome and intriguing. She really artfully exposes our human impulse to self-destruct’ LUPITA NYONG’O
‘An icon of the Afrofuturism world, envisioning literary realms that placed black characters front and center’ VANITY FAIR
From literary pioneer Octavia E. Butler, the acclaimed Lilith’s Brood trilogy concludes with the story of Jodah, child of the Earth and stars, who risks the future of humanity just by growing up.
Jodahs is a child of the Earth and stars, born from the union between humans and the Oankali, who saved humanity from destruction centuries before.
But Jodahs is approaching adulthood, a metamorphosis that will take him beyond gender and family, and into a great but dangerous unknown.
Frightened and alone, Jodahs must come to terms with this new identity, learn to master lifechanging powers and bring together what’s left of humankind – or become the biggest threat to their survival.
PRAISE FOR OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
‘In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time… for sheer peculiar prescience, Butler’s novel may be unmatched’ NEW YORKER
‘Octavia Butler was playing out our very real possibilities as humans. I think she can help each of us to do the same’ GLORIA STEINEM
‘Butler’s prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision’ GUARDIAN
‘One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century’ JUNOT DIAZ
‘Octavia Butler was a visionary’ VIOLA DAVIS
‘Her evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human’ NEW YORK TIMES
One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had -- Junot Diaz Butler's prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision * Guardian * A dark, compelling and still horribly resonant time travel story * Independent * [Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human * New York Times * 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 * The Pool * Kindred is that rare magical artifact . . . the novel one returns to, again and again * Harlan Ellison * One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art * Los Angeles Herald-Examiner * [A] must-read novel * BBC * Everyone should read at least one novel by the grand dame of science fiction, and Kindred is a perfect (and harrowing and disturbing and brilliant) place to start * Refinery 29 * The immediate effect of reading Octavia Butler's Kindred is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it's wimping out... This is a brilliant book, utterly absorbing, very well written, and deeply distressing. It's very hard to read, not because it's not good but because it's so good * Tor * A searing, caustic examination of bizarre and alien practices on the third planet from the sun * Kirkus * One of the most original, thought-provoking works examining race and identity * Los Angeles Times * Impossible to turn away from once you've devoured the first few pages * Starburst * If you haven't read Butler, you don't yet understand how rich the possibilities of science fiction can be * Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction * Butler's books are exceptional * Village Voice * Few writers in our field are so good at blending page-turners with philosophical questions so seamlessly -- Cory Doctorow
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