Fledgling

Fledgling

Book - 2007
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Grand Central Pub
Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction--period. . . . A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature.-"The Washington Post Book World "Readers familiar with . . . "Parable of the Sower and "Bloodchild will recall that [Butler] never asks easy questions or settles for easy answers."-Gerald Jonas in "The New York Times "Fledgling, Octavia Butler's first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted-and still wants-to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself. "Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human. Octavia E. Butler is the author of 11 novels, including "Kindred, "Dawn, and "Parable of the Sower. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and numerous other literary awards, she has been acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations that range from the distant past to the far future.

Baker & Taylor
Shori, a seemingly young, amnesiac girl with frightening inhuman abilities and a thirst for blood, wanders the land, unaware that she is really a genetically altered, fifty-three-year-old vampire with a unique ability to walk in the light of day and that she is the only survivor of a brutal attack on her community, searching for who she is and who wants to destroy her. Reprint.

Hachette Book Group
"A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature." - The Washington Post

This is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted-and still wants-to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.


Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2007
Edition: 1st Hatchette Books ed
ISBN: 9780446696166
0446696161
Branch Call Number: SF BUTLER
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 21 cm

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Equal
Nov 05, 2017

im just starting to get into sci fi and octavia butlers work. i could not put this one down, it was very captivating, i felt like i knew the characters very well.

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Kate72
Aug 19, 2017

An excellent read. Starts out as a creepy horror story, but became a fascinating revelation of a re-imagined vampire race.

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hollymassie
Mar 09, 2017

The best "Vampire" novel I have ever read. Will read again and again

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mlpernell
Aug 19, 2014

I really loved this book. I really, really admire the way Octavia butler is able to design such complex settings for her charcters and how the family setting becomes so much more than parents and child. When you read you feel knots in your stomach because your like how does something so intricate and complicated work, how could it work in real life.

She always makes you think and examine your own life and the ideas and morals you belive to be true when she presents her work insuch a natural way, as if the structure of the chacters lives are something normal, and nothing to really blink at.

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LaPhenixa
Nov 27, 2013

I enjoyed the characters and the plot alike, but did she really need to be 11?

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jennybeast
Aug 21, 2012

Octavia Butler reimagines what it is to be a vampire, with a far more sensible, caring, symbiotic relationship than the average bite ‘em and leave ‘em plotline. While the frank sexuality is uncomfortable, I was fascinated by Shori’s need to set up a group what is essentially a group marriage in order to survive. I agree with the criticisms that her need to enslave her people is deeply disturbing, but I appreciate that Butler is exploring these themes with an eye to making her audience re-examine and question the parameters of deeply unequal relationships.

Amandatoryrant Jul 09, 2012

Amazing, engaging writing! It is advertised as a vampire novel but nothing is ever that simple with Octavia Butler. A gripping story and an excellent place to start with Butler's writing.

Gunter_the_penguin1234 Jun 14, 2012

love this book the beginning is a bit wrong until it says that she's 55 or somewhere around there

mmoran Nov 20, 2011

I really love this book, it's amazing. But when I wanted to read it again,(1) it was on hold for weeks
(2) when it finally got to the "in transit" step, it has been 2 weeks and is still "in transit"

karenginman Sep 28, 2011

Amazing narrative that you can't stop reading!

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