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- Print Length: 277 pages
- Publisher: Headline (27 Mar. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F0LUXTC
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Adulthood Rites (Lilith's Brood – Book Two): (Lilith's Brood - Book Two) Kindle Edition
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What I found disappointing about the novel was that it actually became tedious. The Oankali are so superior to humans in terms of physical strength and capacities, virtual indestructibility, cleverness and ability to manipulate humans, that some of the tension in the story is dissipated. I found the rebel humans rather dull too - predictable, violent, stupid, an extremely depressing view of human nature that is unmitigated by sufficient shades of character or varied experience or response. It was as if Butler's ideas were taking over the narrative and character, rendering the people in the book less interesting than they could have been.
The book is still interesting however, though there is an element of repetition in the plotline and I felt that the whole trilogy could have been condensed into one book.
I first encountered "Adulthood Rites" in the complete Xenogenesis-reprint "Lilith's Brood", but the book would certainly be interesting as a standalone aswell.
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This second volume picks up a few decades later. Humans and aliens have been interbreeding (aliens have three "sexes," and reproduction is complicated--which is one of the really cool things about this series--it eliminates in a very believable way the gender binary) and a few "constructs" have reached maturity. We begin with one of those constructs, in the womb of their human mother. The construct has the alien ability to remember everything, but can (mostly) "pass" as human. As the construct grows, they mingle with humans--many of who have refused to mingle with the aliens, and ran off to form villages of "resisters."
My only reservation is that the story drags, especially compared to the first volume of the trilogy. Too much of the construct kid wandering around, not really doing anything interesting, while it learns about humans, and we learn more about aliens. But the story picks up in the second half, and I tore through the rest of the book.
Looking forward to volume three.
Akin develops some sympathy for the resisters and wants the Oankali to give them a future with human children of their own. The Oankali are very resistant to this idea and believe that because of their hierarchical nature, the humans will simply destroy any future societies they are allowed to build.
This is an interesting book that fleshes out the vision the Oankali have for the remnants of the human species - those who can accept having unusual sexual bonding of alines and humans and the hybrid 'construct' children produced by such unions and those who will have no part of it but are doomed to die without being able to create a new generation. It also raises the question of what it is to be human and whether man will ever be able to quell his hierarchical and competetive instincts to live in a world without violence.