Lilith’s Brood Book Review
Octavia E. Butler
This three-part series manages to bring the reader intimately close to the main characters’ desires and fears without rendering a judgment on whether they’re good or bad. I found myself constantly re-assessing until the last page. An alien species saves humanity from nuclear fallout, but they are captors as much as saviours. The aliens’ expansive family structures and gender identities challenge human ways of being, and position them to bring about an enlightened future that can overcome the tendency for human self-destruction. But are the humans willing participants in this leap of faith, or was their free will extinguished on first contact? Apart from the second half of the second book, which became repetitive and tedious, this story is challenging, uncomfortable, seductive and imaginative.