Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

Dawn by Octavia E. Butler (Xenogenesis, #1)

What if humanity almost destroyed itself and was saved by an alien race? How would we deal with that loss of pride, honour, and freedom? How far would we be willing to go to survive? What defines us as ‘human’? These are the types of questions explored in this series by Ms. Butler.

Butler’s style of sci-fi is not hard sci-fi. She is more focused on the relationships of the characters. She focuses on one woman and what she will do to survive in this ’new world’. The aliens in this book are very alien. They are bipedal but that is the only part of them that is human-like. Their sensory organs, and family units are completely different. This is a major point of conflict with the humans that the aliens are trying to save.

The ending of this book is not a cliffhanger, but leads directly into the sequel. I thought this book was very enjoyable, and have already started to #2 in the series. On the surface, this sounds annoying, but the books are so short the could’ve actually been released as one novel. I’m not sure why they weren’t released as one book.

It’s interesting to think of humans as sort of an endangered animal that needs saving. In novels and popular movies, humans are often portrayed as the technologically advanced colonizers of the galaxy, but that could turn out to be very wrong.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book #81 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge

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