Fledgling is a little bit disturbing. You start reading it and think...'she's not going to go there is she?' 'Oh no, please don't go there'... She does go there. However, there is a lot of justification as to why Octavia 'goes there' throughout the novel.
It starts off in a fast-paced direction - A young girl who appears to be 10 years old is picked up off the side of the road by a strange man. The strange man is very concerned to find a young child, bruised, damaged, shaken and who appears to have lost her memory. He genuinely wants to help. Only the 10 year old child turns out to be something else. We learn about the life of the 10 year old at the pace that she does. Someone is trying to kill her and has succeeded in murdering anyone she gets close to.
I found the second half of the book, tedious. I'm a huge Octavia Butler fan but found myself skipping pages. In wanting to tell the story and history of some of the Vampires we encounter, we get endless lengthy monologue conversations. It was almost like paying to see a play and watching the actors on stage talking relentlessly about what has happened in the past. Effective it is not, because in the end you are just watching a bunch of people standing and talking about something - there is no acting going on, no unfolding story, no eventful playoff. Just actors discussing things you cant see, hear or feel and that's what the second half of this book felt like. I didn't care to read about 20 different historical stories that happened in the past. I want to follow what was happening with the main characters in the story. So, this novel fell a little flat for me...but you still rock, Octavia!!