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

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Rescued from Earth’s destruction, one woman is called upon to revive mankind
Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth—the last stage of the planet’s final war. Hundreds of years later Lilith awakes, deep in the hold of a massive alien spacecraft piloted by the Oankali—who arrived just in time to save humanity from extinction. They have kept Lilith and other survivors asleep for centuries, as they learned whatever they could about Earth. Now it is time for Lilith to lead them back to her home world, but life among the Oankali on the newly resettled planet will be nothing like it was before. The Oankali survive by genetically merging with primitive civilizations—whether their new hosts like it or not. For the first time since the nuclear holocaust, Earth will be inhabited. Grass will grow, animals will run, and people will learn to survive the planet’s untamed wilderness. But their children will not be human. Not exactly. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate. 

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Science-fiction writer and novelist Octavia Estelle Butler was born in Pasadena, California, on June 22, 1947. She earned as Associate of Arts degree from Pasadena City College in 1968 and later attended California State University and the University of California. Her first novel, Patternmaster, was the first in a series about a society run by a group of telepaths who are mentally linked to one another. She explored the topics of race, poverty, politics, religion, and human nature in her works. She won a Hugo Award in 1984 for her short story Speech Sounds and a Hugo Award and Nebula Award in 1985 for her novella Bloodchild. She received a MacArthur Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The award pays $295,000 over a five-year period to creative people who push the boundaries of their fields. She died in Lake Forest Park, Washington on February 24, 2006 at the age of 58.
Published July 24, 2012 by Open Road Media. 260 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fantasy Literature

Butler addresses Lilith’s behavior in the two subsequent XENOGENESIS books, providing commentary on how Lilith has become an alien to both the Oankali and her fellow humans, but I didn’t see a shred of that awareness or commentary in Dawn, and I felt that the book would have benefitted from more ...

Mar 17 2016 | Read Full Review of Dawn (Xenogenesis, Bk. 1)

Badass Book Reviews

... Alaya Dawn Johnson's The Summer King pulled me in with the promise of a dystopian novel not set in the US or the UK. What it really became ...

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Badass Book Reviews

... New adult werewolf and vampire novel with great potential.

Jul 24 2013 | Read Full Review of Dawn (Xenogenesis, Bk. 1)

Books & Review

... Books & Review | Jessica Durham ... In the "Breaking Dawn Part 2" novel, the Denali, Egyptian, Irish, ... "Each installment of 'The Twilight Saga' ranks among Fandango's top pre-selling films of all time," said Rick Butler, ...

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Truly Bookish

... Goodreads Summary: Now that she's settled in at Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie ... Awake at Dawn is the perfect follow-up to Born at Midnight.

Oct 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Dawn (Xenogenesis, Bk. 1)

An Abundance of Books

... The cover of Pray for Dawn is quite a bit different from the previous three ... Then I read the summary and it said that Mira and Danaus had ...

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