Lilith's Brood

Xenogenesis #1-3

Octavia E. Butler

fiction science fiction
adventurous challenging reflective slow-paced

746 pages | first published 1987

Lilith Iyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected -- by miraculously powerful unearthly beings, the Oankali. Driven by an irresistible need to heal others, the Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically with mankind. But Lilith and all humanity must now share the world with uncanny, unimaginably alien creatures: their own children. This is their story...

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adventurous 76%
challenging 76%
dark 61%
reflective 61%
emotional 53%
mysterious 30%
tense 30%
funny 15%
hopeful 15%
informative 15%
inspiring 15%
sad 15%
lighthearted 7%


medium 69%
slow 23%
fast 7%

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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