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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 culture.One 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 genetically 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 manipulation They forced you to have kids the man asked One of them surprised me, she said It made me pregnant, then told me about it Said it was giving me what I wanted but would never come out and ask for Was it Yes 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 alone In 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 trade genes 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. Sequel to Dawn The one where Akin, a human looking child with a mix of human and oankali genes, is kidnapped and grows up among villages of human resisters This sequel 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 that its view of humanity is depressing as hell.This 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 gives 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 genetics seems unduly mechanistic the idea that behavior, character, personality are all in the genes, as if you could say about humans what you say about dogs This breed is good with children, this breed is friendly, etc And anyone who s ever had than one dog of the same breed knows how questionable that is even when talking about dogs The idea of gender 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 goods, and no one seems to see any way of changing this There are guns, so unequal physical strength shouldn t be an inevitable prediction of unequal power, but women don t fight back, band together, or begin preemptively shooting men 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 gender, 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 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. [Free] ♌ Adulthood Rites ♵ In This Sequel To Dawn, Lilith Iyapo Has Given 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 Genetically Merge Their Species With Other Races, Drastically Altering Both In The Process On A Rehabilitated Earth, This New Race Is Emerging Through Human Oankali Ooloi 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 Genetic Defect That Drives Humanity To Destroy Itself, But Otherwise They Are Left Alone 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 Given 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 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 Lillith from the first, we do follow her hybrid son as he makes his way through an early difficult childhood and into his Adulthood Rite.Akim is a victim as much as he is a bridge between the ignorant and dispirited humans brought down to Earth and the aliens who misunderstand our humanity We re a paradox of hierarchical madness and intelligence and are doomed to always destroy ourselves, after all, and even tho the aliens give us free access to a good 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 of the sheer desperation of resisting something that cannot be resisted.Humanity is dead Akim finds empathy in a way that the aliens cannot Back in the late 80 s, this might have sold as a grimdark dystopia but comparing it to today s fare, it really never gets 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 Quite good. 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 granted 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 1.In 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 villages.Now 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 group of Resister men he gets to see human beings up close and personal.I actually liked the character of Akin I just didn t 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 making guns again He also saw that most males had no respect for females autonomy and that women were being sold for goods or just stolen to be raped If anything, I think that being a female on this new Earth was straight up crap in my opinion The only thing that young girls and women seemed to be valued for was their ability to give birth We have other characters we are familiar with in this one We get to see Lilith again, and we get to see her frustration with the choice she made.We also 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 not going 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 grows 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 not look like them any.I 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 view.The flow though got 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 go and make any for the humans.The 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 towns villages And how in the heck did the people in the south as they are called figure out how to create guns I got bows and arrows, and even machetes, but guns I also like that the bigger question is still out there about even if you do 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 and got book 3 since I am really curious how this series ends. The story continues few years after the events inDawnEarth 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 sterilized 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. Would this really have happened to us If someone pressed the reset button on our planet, would humanity go back to pillaging, raping and kidnapping to ensure the survival of their own village or simply for the satisfaction of our basic needs I find it hard to believe, maybe because I don t want to.According to the alien species in this book, as humans we are deeply hierarchical, we follow or we want to be followed, which is the main reason for the majority of our wars and atrocities committed in our past It s all about who holds the most power, who belongs to the greater group nation of people, who has the RIGHT religious beliefs and so on Even when we strive for equality communism , we still manage to corrupt it there always has to be someone on top, leading us.Anyways, Adulthood Rites is a great sequel to Dawn, although not as good I found the first half of the book highly enjoyable and thought provoking, but the second one was lost on me The reason why I am unable to rate Miss Octavia s books 5 stars is because, despite how much they ve shocked me and captivated me, I don t think I ll ever be able to reread them Conclusion If you feel like reading something deep and heavy on existential questions, Xenogenesis is the perfect series for you. This book starts years after the first one, as the humans and Oankali are established on Earth, and have been giving birth to Oankali human construct children for quite a while now I maybe missed the explanation of why they re called constructs, because aren t all children through the mediating influence of an Oankali ooloi their third sex, masters of genemixing constructed, whether part human or not I mean, isn t that what makes the Oankali what they are Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook 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. 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 genes with the Oankali, who are gene traders driven to continuously seek new species in the galaxy to combine their DNA with, transforming both sides in the process.10 years after the events of Dawn, Lilith has given birth to a son named Akin, the first male construct to be born to a human woman There are number of distinct groups 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 villages, construct children that share both human and Oankali genes, and human resisters who refuse to accept the Oankali offer and resent both Oankali and traitor humans alike.Akin is unique in that until now the Oankali have not allowed human males to be born to other humans, in order to avoid what they perceive as the aggressive nature of males Of all the constructs born to date, he is the most human Nevertheless, his Oankali DNA imparts special traits like rapid mental development, healing ability, and sensory organs that allow him to communicate with both humans and Oankali at a instinctual level This is the normal mode of exchange for the Oankali, who have only adopted speech to be accessible to humans Akin is intended by the Oankali to be a bridge to understanding humans better and furthering the integration process.However, when Akin is kidnapped by resisters, who have been made sterile by the Oankali and therefore yearn for the children they cannot have, he gets first hand exposure to the human side that is opposed to the Oankalis plan He learns all the faults of humanity, particularly what the Oankali call the human contradiction, namely the inherent conflict between intelligence and hierarchical behavior, which inevitably in the Oankalis minds leads to conflict, aggression, suppression, and eventually self destruction This is why the Oankali do not believe that humans can be allowed to revive their society without any modification of this flaw Much of Adulthood Rites details just how ALIEN the Oankali really are, especially their genderless adolescence and metamorphosis into either male, female or Ooloi, the third gender that forms a triumvirate and serves as the gene manipulator to create children, a hands on approach than the random DNA recombination of humans They communicate constantly by means of sensory tentacles, exchanging feelings, sensations, and thoughts between family units and larger groupings Although they supposedly shun hierarchical behavior, there is a clear hierarchy among the Oankali The events that surround Akin, his Oankali siblings, the Ooloi in his family , and the humans in his life are complicated More importantly, the biology and sexual practices of the Oankali are bizarre, unsettling, and downright creepy Once again, Butler never shies away from making the reader uncomfortable by testing our comfort zones I m quite pleased by this why read science fiction if not to be exposed to the truly alien, while also using this as a mirror to better understanding ourselves Just as in Dawn, humanity seems primitive, distrusting, and brutish in comparison to the Oankali Again and again, resisters prove that they will quickly resort to violence when faced with difficult situations, attacking both Oankali and human collaborators In return, the Oankali will subdue them but try to avoid killing other than as a last resort After reading Dawn, my initial impression was that Butler really had a dim view of humanity and that the far advanced and evolved Oankali were a benevolent race intent on fixing the flaws of humanity out of both biological imperative and a desire to improve their lot.However, based on a discussion on my review of Dawn and after reading excellent reviews of the series by Tor.com s Erika Nelson, I reassessed what was going on in Butler s story because I know full well that she never writes a story with a simple dichotomy of good bad, benevolent exploitive, etc The themes she is most concerned with include colonialism, slavery, power, cultural imperialism, and all the moral conundrums they entail If the Oankali are so benevolent, why do they only offer humanity the option of cooperating or being left to die off due to sterilization They have already judged human civilization as unworthy of continued existence, and while they abhor outright violence, the Oankali essentially hold complete power over humans Still, for a potential oppressor, they are far from being the worst So there are no easy moral conclusions to be drawn, but plenty to think about.Incidentally, I m always cautious about reading into a text overly direct parallels with current social issues There s no question that Octavia Butler, a black female author in a field previously dominated by white men, has an interest in issues of race and cultural dominance However, first and foremost she is a science fiction writer, and the XENOGENESIS series is a story about all of humanity, faced with its own self destructive behavior, and given a choice to be saved but utterly transformed by an alien race So I don t think her story can be reduced to merely an allegory of colonialism, cultural imperialism, or racism in alien guise, even though these play an important role If I had to choose one key theme for this series, it would be transformation, with all the implications it has for both sides.In both Dawn and Adulthood Rites, we gradually come to see through the experiences of Akin that both humans and Oankali are less than perfect, and their motivations are not completely altruistic In the first book I felt that Butler strongly leaned towards the Oankali, and though we certainly learn a great deal about their biology and social structure in Adulthood Rites, we also see that they treat humans with a certain contempt and lack of understanding It is only through the eyes of Akin that the flaws and mistake of both sides become apparent I ll have to read the final installment, Imago, to discover where this story will lead to, but any science fiction book that can explore such serious themes, without simplistic moralizing or becoming just a vehicle for political or social views, will get five stars from me whether the final outcome favors humanity, the Oankali, or a combination thereof.