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hmmmm.somehow, I am suspicious of being manipulated into liking this book.This last installment of Butler s trilogy has us seeing the inside view of the ooloi, the third sex of the aliens that have taken over Earth Ooloi operate by using their pheromones and sensory arms to calm and pleasure humans Once this happens to you, you decide you like them and literally cannot live with out them.What we don t know is how bad they NEED humans If they don t have human contact, they literally go insane Thus they tend to bond and mate with the first humans they come across, even is they re siblings Although it is mutual, it is very much addictive in nature through the oolois biochemical processes While they all go off happily into their future, it is an induced happiness, which seems, I don t know, wrong somehow If you can say being happy and healthy and having over a hundred years to raise a family is wrong this not quite consensual mating thing is fodder for some deep thoughts, as well as the resistors ideas about trying so hard to make a comeback for humanity that they force the mutant yet fertile humans they find into a breeding program.In the end, humans really are a fascinating species. Imago Finally, we see the Ooloi perspectiveOriginally published at Fantasy LiteratureImago 1988 is the third book in Octavia Butler s XENOGENESIS trilogy It concludes the story begun with the human woman Lilith in Dawn 1987 and continued with her Oankali human construct son Akin in Adulthood Rites 1988 Imago takes the bold but logical next step by shifting the perspective to Jodahs, an Ooloi human construct The Ooloi are the third, gender less sex of the Oankali, the alien race of gene traders that saved the remnants of humanity on the condition that humanity share its DNA with them and be forever transformed in the process.Once again Butler doesn t hesitate to plunge us into the unknown, this time exploring the strangest aspect of the Oankali, the psychically powerful Ooloi who can manipulate the DNA of living creatures directly, serving to help the Oankali continuously evolve as they combine with new lifeforms throughout the galaxy Until now we have had the perspective on Lilith in Dawn, a human woman forced to come to grips with the Oankali and try to convince other humans that accepting their offer is the only viable option for humanity Subsequently in Adulthood Rites we shifted to the story of Akin, a human Oankali construct sympathetic to both sides, though he struggled to reach this understanding.In Imago we go far beyond this, for to see the world as an Ooloi is to experience directly the feelings, emotions, and genetic structures of both Oankali and humans Though conventional Ooloi shape the genetic material of their male and female Oankali mates to create children, Jodahs has human DNA as well, so it finds itself not fully suited to Oankali society, and wants to avoid the fate of being forcibly returned to the Oankali ship to find mates there Instead, as Lilith s children Jodahs and Aaor are truly something new, and once again face the struggles of not fitting into any group fully.Moreover, the Ooloi themselves wield great power to genetically alter living things around them, and before they learn to control this they can be a danger to everyone around them, causing random mutations in themselves and others Because of this, even other Ooloi shun their company As a result, both Jodahs and Aaor isolate themselves in the jungle When Jodahs encounters two human siblings, Jesusa and Tomas, it is attracted to them sexually These humans are from a hidden human settlement that escaped the sterilization program imposed on human resisters that refused to merge with the Oankali.Much of Imago centers on the evolving relationships of Jodahs, Aaor, the human siblings, and this remote human community that has evaded the notice of the Oankali As in the previous two books, the sexual and emotional ties are complicated, unsettling, and very alien This is particularly so in Imago, since we see things as an Ooloi does, where physical and emotional attraction takes the form of irresistible scents, and the almost uncontrollable urge to find a compatible mate.Once again, the issues of consent, coercion, enslavement, and power are explored unflinchingly It has been very difficult to pin down exactly what Butler thinks of these subjects, because she consistently refuses to clearly moralize or tip her hand overtly It can be somewhat frustrating not to be given any clear cues as to which side she thinks is right or wrong , whether it be the forced enslavement of humanity by the Oankali, the repeated sexual coercions that occur between and among both species, or the eventual human 0ankali hybrid race that is bound to emerge Is humanity better off in the end Did the end justify the means How many parallels about colonialism and cultural domination are we meant to draw, if any The Oankali are driven by the biological imperative to mate with other races and create new DNA combinations to further themselves, so morality as humans understand it is not really their concern, though they always claim it is for the benefit of mankind But that assertion is questionable when we understand that no real choice is being offered, only the illusion of choice Can the Oankali offer truly be benevolent when conventional humanity is sterilized, essentially a protracted death sentence Why cannot humans remain on the Earth as they were before What are the ultimate plans of the Oankali, whose gift of survival has so many strings attached I won t reveal the ending of this series, but it wasn t what I was expecting based on the hints scattered throughout the series In fact, I felt Butler pulled her punch at the end, as though she was leading up to a Childhood s End like denouement I felt this final volume was difficult to follow than the first two books, but that largely has to do with the fact that it is told from the perspective of a genderless Ooloi, utterly different from humans and yet desperately needing them at the same time Because it is such as alien viewpoint, it was hard at times to connect with its emotions, but that shouldn t come as a surprise.Overall, the XENOGENESIS trilogy has been a uniquely unsettling and challenging piece of SF storytelling There are few stories that plunge you into such unfamiliar and morally ambiguous territory, not to mention many unpleasant situations involving sexual coercion and control, which means that some readers will definitely not find it to their liking But if you are willing to forge ahead, you will find that Octavia Butler was one of the most unique and uncompromising writers in the genre, continually exploring gender, power and dominance, physical and cultural coercion, and frequently taking a pessimistic view of human nature, but always leaving it to the reader to draw their own conclusions. 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The oankali have three sexes female, male, and ooloi The ooloi is a crucial part of the reproduction process as it controls and manipulates genes and is responsible for the gene trade Up until now in the story, there have only been male and female construct children The creation of a construct ooloi has only been discussed, but not yet attempted until now Imago tells the story of Jodahs, the first ooloi construct This book ties the previous two together seamlessly by showing what Jodahs is and all that it can do it is the best result of the human and oankali gene trade as it has all the skills and intelligence of an oankali ooloi, plus the advantage of an understanding of human specific struggles and oankali specific fears of humans and human potential for destruction Through Jodahs, we come to better understand the oankali and see that what used to seem alien in the previous two books is just the way life has to be, from here on out Full review of the trilogy here In the third book of her Xenogenesis series, Octavia Butler gives us the alien s perspective It makes the Oankali marginally less creepy, but only a tiny bit Butler excels at creating truly alien life forms, with wildly different forms of reproduction.The Oankali having stinging cells and tentacles, giving them some resemblance to jellyfish Cniderians in our world, but they are upright walking, hand and arm possessing, intelligent life forms And, it turns out, they have a three stage metamorphosis like Earth s insects do This installment follows that mysterious third sex, the Ooloi, as one of Lilith s children matures sexually into the adult form hence the title, Imago.In the first book, the Oankali have rescued the small remainder of humanity from a disaster of their own creation and have begun combining the two species That s what the Ooankali do and they consider it their payment for their rescue services, but that s not what it looks like or feels like to humans Lilith gradually becomes convinced that she won t be allowed to live as human and reluctantly gets involved with the aliens, although it is against her true wishes.In the second book, we follow Lilith s construct child, Akin, who actually has five parents and who understands the relationship between the two species better than either the humans or the Oankali He sees the basic incompatibility between the two species but also how they can also become compatible Seemingly a paradox, which Akin reveals as a prejudice of the Oankali against humanity we ve always known that humans are prejudiced against the aliens.This third installment reveals just how much the Oankali need and long for relationships with humans To this point, they have seemed very unemotional, almost clinical, in their desire to revitalize their own DNA through incorporation of the human genome Jodahs, who is metamorphosing into one of the mysterious Ooloi, shows us the depth of feeling, the intense sexual need, and indeed the pain of separation that we have been missing so far in the story.Despite gaining understanding, the whole sexual system of the Oankali feels deeply creepy The human male and female in the sexual constellation experience repulsion when they touch one another directly, but when joined by an Ooloi, experience intense sexual pleasure Pheromones by the Ooloi make the situation addictive being apart from one s group becomes torment.Butler is skillful in her refusal to pick a side She provides logical reasons for the aliens behaviour and points out both the logical and totally illogical responses of humanity She explores co operation, coercion, limited choice, and unequal power without making it obvious which species she favours.In some ways, this series makes me think of Arthur Clarke s Childhood s End, in that humanity is being absorbed into a genetic continuum, but likely won t survive on its own ever again Do we mourn the loss or celebrate what survives Book 260 of my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project. If the first two volumes are written in third person, this last part is told in first one, which makes it even harder for the reader not to be involved in the story.However, despite the never ending feeling of discomfort, it is mainly an ode to life and loveI think I became all the things he liked, even though he never told me what they were His body told you His every look, his reaction, his touch, his scent He never stopped telling you what he wanted And since he was the sole focus of your attention, you gave him everything he asked for Nothing I ever read felt so wrong and yet, so utterly right on many occasions Because life as we know it and imagine it never ever included what you ll find in here Ms Butler touches so many sensitive issues that it is impossible to mention all sexuality, gender identity, deformities, just to name a few There were many moments when I stopped to absorb exactly what I just read and realize how many things we take for granted and never appreciate them Or how differently we perceive what we have Below fragment is just an example Our river water at Lo always came to us clouded with sediment Rich , the Oankali called it Muddy , the Humans said, and filtered it or let the silt settle to the bottom before they drank it Just water , we constructs said, and shrugged We had never known other water.Usually, I read 200 odd pages in a day, max two This one took me a week Too disturbing, too dense, too full of meanings and back to too disturbing.And no matter what I say about it, or how interesting the blurb is, you ll never expect what you ll find in its pages. In an nuclear apocalypse, humans have virtually wiped out life on Earth From the aliens point of view, their rescue of humans and repopulation of Earth is for their own good Without cross breeding with humans, and blending their DNA with that of humans, the human race is on a direct course for extinction Human predilection for forming hierarchical societies is the basis for human self destruction.But the aliens have their own survival in mind, also Their motivation is not entirely altruistic They need to re invigorate their own DNA as well, as they have travelled in a spacecraft for millennia They need to cross breed with humans, to avoid inbreeding.And the aliens are experts at genetic modification They can cure serious illnesses very quickly, simply by connecting with humans And they see illness in a completely different light To them, cancer is a blessing Not that they wish it on anybody, but the genetic code for cancerous cells is important for re growing organs and limbs.Humans are extremely afraid of the aliens, because they do not understand the situation They are afraid of the appearance of aliens, they are skeptical of their motivations, and are paranoid of other humans who have associated with the aliens.This novel has themes of genetic modification, racism, xenophobia, and social structure I am amazed that Octavia Butler wrote this book so long ago 1989 She seems to have envisioned technologies that were not even on the horizon then My only complaint is that the book is filled with typos The publisher Aspect should have done a better job proof reading. Wow A stunning ending to a magnificent science fiction trilogy, Imago is brilliant Octavia Butler creates an earth now almost completely made up of the aliens, their human mates, their children and now a new type of offspring The aliens have 3 sexes, male, female and it They have deliberately not allowed humans to reproduce by themselves any , because of their historic violence and hierarchy They have also only allowed males and female constructs to be created from their matings with humans, no its have been born, but something has gone wrong and an it comes out of its metamorphosis What will happen to this new being Maybe I ll be in the minority by preferring the middle book out of the entire series, but the last one definitely puts everything in perspective We start out from the purely human perspective in the first, the hybrid perspective in the second, and end with an entirely new perspective of a new Ooloi who now threatens the gene line of the Ooloi, being the most alien out of all the bunch but with a singular interesting gift Of humanity Enough time has passed since the first book that history upon history has filled nearly all the human settlements with a fairly good case of fear and resentment after all, these aliens have killed our original genome, preventing our having children except with their third sex Is this, in the end, an alien invasion Well, we did basically destroy ourselves off in a nuclear winter and they came along to preserve us, so a good case can be made on both sides.All of this might be moot when the most human of the aliens comes along and fights for the rights of the last of the flawed species Never mind that the Ooloi made Mars habitable for the remaining people and gave us back our normal reproduction what is needed is a real push forward along lines that isn t so perversely paradoxical Thank you, Mr Heirarchy A very interesting tale and I mean all three books, considered I like the ambiguity and the deliciously Biopunk SF ness I heartily recommend reading all three books together.