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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 et 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 last humans living under the domination of seemingly benign aliens Oankali who saved our species from extinction on an almost destroyed Earth The saved people are taken away to live on board their spaceships while the aliens clean up the Earth to make it habitable again The first book Dawn is about life on board the ship Adulthood Rites is about mankind s return to repopulate the Earth and the price we have to pay for the alien s rescueThis 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 The mating system is pretty weird but don t expect to read any scene of kinky threesome sexual congress 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 Dark Intrusions gender are wondrously imagined The post apocalypse Earth being repopulated is also very vividThe main virtue of the book for me though is the ideas themes or principles behind these wild inventions Ms Butler communicates her points through story telling without the narrative ever coming across like preaching One of the major themes of this book is man senetic contradiction which is our tendency to combine intelligence with hierarchical behavior which eventually leads to blowing ourselves up 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 partnerThe story is full of dilemma and moral uandaries 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 interesting issues to think about Ms Butler s character development talent is second to none They are so believable that sometimes the well intentioned but obstinate characters actually make me angry There are no mustache twirling villains or God forbid Dark Lords here but the ordinary people seem much dangerous 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 I am not looking forward to reading all her books because then there won t be any That said I am oing to read the final book in this trilogy Imago immediately after this Adulthood Rites A human Oankali child is torn between two speciesOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureAdulthood Rites 1988 is the second book in Octavia Butler s XENOGENESIS trilogy It continues the story of Lilith in Dawn 1987 a human woman revived by the alien Oankali centuries after humanity has mostly destroyed itself with nuclear weapons The Oankali offered humanity a second chance but at a price to merge its enes with the Oankali who are Decade of Despair gene traders driven to continuously seek new species in thealaxy to combine their DNA with transforming both sides in the process10 years after the events of Dawn Lilith has What Was Lost given birth to a son named Akin the first male construct to be born to a human woman There are number of distinctroups in this newly reborn Earth Oankali who do not merge with humans and remain on their spaceship above the earth Oankali sent down to the Earth to mate with humans in trade vi Impressive I definitely liked this second story in the trilogy better than the first The other was very much a foundation but while we #Really Don T Follow #don t follow from the first we do follow her hybrid son as he makes his way through an early difficult childhood and into his Adulthood RiteAkim is a victim as much as he is a bridge between the ignorant and dispirited humans brought down to Earth and the aliens who
our humanity We a paradox of hierarchical madness and intelligence and are doomed to always destroy ourselves after all and even tho the aliens Go-Go-Go! give us free access to aood life fixing any malady and the opportunity to have children with two humans and one alien in the mix most humans resort to stealing half breed children since we are unable to have normal children now rape and raid other villages and murder for the sport of it Or out ofMisunderstand Our Humanity We
THE SHEER DESPERATION OF RESISTING SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BEsheer desperation of resisting something that cannot be is dead Akim finds empathy in a way that the aliens cannot Back in the late 80 s this might have sold as a Somato Respiratory Integration Workbook grimdark dystopia but comparing it to today s fare it really neverets THAT dark Hope is pretty big I really appreciate the direction this book took I kinda expected it to be a little whiny but it never really went there Just adult situations strong emotions and in depth exploration of the themes uite Reine Mädchensache good The story continues few years after the events in Dawn Earth is habitable again the Oankali allowed humans to live free they are called resisters or with them in the ian jungle Free is not just what is should be all humans have been sterili. In this seuel to Dawn Lilith Iyapo hasiven 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 compelled to enetically merge their spec. N on sight No one in fact seems to have proposed any rule of law whatsoever it s worse than a Western The characterization of most of the humans is kind of weak and of the oankali it s even worse The oankali can be differentiated from one another based on ender to an extent but they don t seem to have separate character traits There are no oankali who are lazy or unusually creative or secretive or playful there are only males females and ooloi So I m seeing weaknesses in these books that I didn t see when I first read them But I still think that the idea of the human contradiction is a brilliant piece of social criticism and the whole human oankali dilemma continues to fascinate me One scene I remembered with Offenders and Detainees great vividness from when I read this book decades ago the scene where Akin tastes plastic for the first time and describes it as the most concentrated poison he s ever experienced This is every bit asood as I remember This book picks up decades after Dawn and features the first human born male Construct I loved Akin and his adventures He s right about a human Akjai We probably will destroy it but we deserve the chance Personally I wouldn t o but I d be peaceful knowing humanity was continuing unaltered somewhere far away from my descendants I liked the second book in the Xenogenesis series a lot There were some problems with the fact that I thought the character Akin did a total change that didn t seem reasonable after seeing how the Resisters acted His thought process that if only the Resisters were ranted total freedom would lead them to be better than their overall nature I thought was naive based on what he witnessed and even based on what occurred in book 1In Dawn the main character was told from Lilith Iyapo Lilith awakens hundreds of years after Earth was consumed by a nuclear war Finding out that she was asleep and an alien race named the Oankali have come to breed with humans in order to create a new species worthy to trade feels her with fear and revulsion In the end Lilith agrees to the deal when she realizes that she can never be with her fellow humans who refused the deal by the Oankali who want to live apart from them Those humans who refused to breed with the Oankali were made sterile before they left the alien spaceship and now live apart in so called Resister villagesNow 26 years later Lilith and other humans who stayed with the Oankali are living with them and all of them have what they call constructs children born with human and Okanli DNA Lilith s son Akin is curious about his parents the world around him and when he is kidnapped by a roup of Resister men he ets to see human beings up close and personalI actually liked the character of Akin I just didn t Dead-End Road Mysteries get how he came to the conclusion that he did about human beings Especially because he saw the men who took him murder And when he is left with another camp of people he once again saw humans murder each other He found out that humans were makinguns again He also saw that most males had no respect for females autonomy and that women were being sold for oods or
Just Stolen To Be Raped If Anythingstolen to be raped If anything think that being a female on this new Earth was straight up crap in my opinion The only thing that young irls and women seemed to be valued for was their
ability to ive birth we have other charactersto ive birth We have other characters are familiar with in this one We BFI Film Classics get to see Lilith again and weet to see her frustration with the choice she madeWe also Tni Tata Dunia Baru Sistem Pertahanan get some new characters as well For example a new man comes to the village that Akin and Lilith live at his name is Tino who though he wants to be with Lilith is told notoing to happen you have to also agree to be with an Oankali as well which he doesn t want to be with due to him being repulsed by them But once again we have another person s consent to be ignored because everyone is telling him that he wants what is about to happen The story follows Akin as he rows up and when he metamorphoses into his final form and you have him worrying about whether he will be accepted by humans that he wants #To Lead Since He May #lead since he may look like them anyI really enjoyed the writing and the dialogue Especially when Akin is younger and he has realizations regarding the humans who have kidnapped him Frankly at certain points in the book I was a little horrified by what the humans who decided to resist the Oankali were all about They were actually just as bad in different ways from my point of viewThe flow though ot a little slow and downright boring when Akin is back living with his family again Things didn t pick up again towards the end The setting of Earth that now is very similar to what I would consider African villages I thought was an odd choice Especially as one person who noted that most of the Resisters had went and built houses again and even had windows on their homes The Oankali and human villages just lived in huts Also mostly everyone on the planet eats vegetarian now I recall in book 1 they told Lilith she didn t need meat so they didn t Fiend go and make any for the humansThe world building is still pretty impressive though I also puzzled how in the world did humans who spoke different languages have different backgrounds just come together and create their own townsvillages And how in the heck did the people in the south as they are called figure out how to createuns I Voice of Conscience got bows and arrows and even machetes butuns I also like that the bigger uestion is still out there about even if you do PROBE MY ASS (A Reluctant Doctor/Patient Anal Sex erotica story) give human beings the right to settle away from the Oankali and to have children again will they still manage to rise about what they Oankali consider their fatal flaw which is to be hierarchical in life I went andot book 3 since I am really curious how this series ends. E 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 iven 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.
Octavia E. Butler õ 3 readZed and they can only procreate with Oankali involvement so homo sapiens is heading for extinction First construct mixed race children are born some of the resisters love them others are afraid of them others feel revulsion One thing is certain Akin the first male construct born will change the world and their lives Does it sound familiar In the 80s when the story was written the union between whites and blacks was something perceived exactly as above Not that today is much different Mrs Butler has a way of telling things bluntly and you just can t not be affected It is not as disturbing as the first part from the same PoV but it has its fair share of them and Again it s not an action driven story this is a coming of age one continuing with the same profound themes started in the first volume Somewhere between the particular texture of the writing and the thought sparking brilliance of the ideas Octavia Butler s work never fails to hook me in so far I never want to leave Like Dawn this novel had me rambling on to friends and family about Lilith and her relationships the Oankali and their cultureOne of my friends when I described how the Oankali feel pain when they cause it and feel pleasure when they cause it picked up on the theme that recurs throughout all Octavia s work that I ve read of unconditional empathy What kind of culture would people who cannot help but feel each other s emotions and sensations have The Oankali s deep appreciation of life that of all beings and their unconditional empathy explains their rescue of Earth their unconcern with possessions that don t sustain and benefit life their whole engagement with humans on all its fascinating levels Much of that engagement and of the culture they are creating with humans is sympathetic and delightful but it has disturbing elements that set up intense tensions Because they know that humans are enetically inclined to self destructive hierarchy they refuse to allow humans to reproduce except with the Oankali to produce hybrid offspring Because they can feel others emotions sometimes they use manipulationThey forced you to have kids the man askedOne of them surprised me she said It made me pregnant then told me about it Said it was Marvins Room giving me what I wanted but would never come out and ask forWas itYes She shook her head from side to side Oh yes But if I had the strength not to ask it should have had the strength to let me aloneIn this emerging world some will have to find the strength Lilith mentions to suffer will and desire to point in opposite directionsThe humans who resist the Oankali s plan to trade to tradeenes by reproducing with humans aren t very sympathetic but their cause self determination is compelling enough to have narrative traction The cruelty on both sides with which Lilith s child is burdened with a key role in bringing peace and balance also speaks to a flaw in both cultures the tendency to use others for our convenience Humans force other humans and other animals to be of use to us the Oankali do the same though their means are much subtle they make being useful pleasureable Maybe empathy by itself though it often leads us to behave ethically is not enough Human purpose isn t what
You Say It Issay it is what I say it is It s what your biology says it is what your enes say it is Octavia Butler s Adulthood Rites Xenogenesis 2 continues where Dawn leaves off however the perspective is shifted from Lilith to
her son Akin who has been created with four other parents When Akin is kidnapped the focus of the storyson Akin who has been created with four other parents When Akin is kidnapped the focus of the story on him rowing 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 oing on in Adulthood Rites Butl This second of the series left me feeling sad for the humans who keep repeating their stupid violent behavior Akin in trying to save them must lose himself and lose his own people Seuel to Dawn The one where Akin a human looking child with a mix of human and oankali enes is kidnapped and rows up among villages of human resisters This seuel focuses on the feelings of #the humans who have chosen not to mix with or cooperate with the oankali and so it s not surprising #humans who have chosen not to mix with or cooperate with the oankali and so it s not surprising its view of humanity is depressing as hellThis re read I noticed something that hadn t struck me the first time The oankali don t have stories don t seem to understand why anyone would want them and they don t like music When I read these books in high school I remember thinking Why would anyone cling to human life when the oankali are so much better and interesting but lack of stories and music ives me pause I don t see that as a flaw in the book just as the aliens being alien Things I do consider to be flaws in the book The view of Star Cookies Comfort genetics seems unduly mechanistic the idea that behavior character personality are all in theenes as if you could say about humans what you say about dogs This breed is Mail Horror Bride (One Nation Under Zombies good with children this breed is friendly etc And anyone who s ever had than one dog of the same breed knows how uestionable that is even when talking about dogs The idea ofender is rather mechanistic as well Again everyone is heterosexual In fact homophobia seems to be one of the prime reasons why humans at least male humans rebel against trading with the oankali the fact that the ooloi are not female and yet the human men want to have sex with them and this freaks them out Among the resisters women are trade Doros asin mga Anghel goods and no one seems to see any way of changing this There areuns so uneual physical strength shouldn t be an inevitable prediction of uneual power but women don t fight back band together or begin preemptively shooting me. Ies with other races drastically altering both in the process On a rehabilitated Earth this new race is emerging through humanOankaliOoloi mating but there are also pure humans who choose to resist the aliens and the salvation they offerThese resisters are sterilized by the Ooloi so that they cannot reproduce the The Other Alice genetic defect that drives humanity to destroy itself but otherwise they are left alon.