Fledgling is the first book I’ve read by Octavia Butler. Although I have heard of her name a lot until now, I wasn’t interested in the genre she wrote. However, when I saw Fledgling, I wanted to give it a try. I read this on a pleasant but long bus ride; it was the perfect companion. If you are looking for a light read and love vampires, you’ll enjoy this one.
Since Fledgling is the last book of Octavia Butler, many readers are troubled now that the book cannot be continued. It is very likely that if Octavia Butler were alive, this book would become a big series and there would be films. The characters immediately become part of your life, and we all know that everyone likes vampires. If you are curious about vampire stories, you will love all the characters and the story. The language is so fluent that you’ll be amazed by the number of pages you have read in a short time. You’ll feel from the very beginning that it is a different vampire story.
Octavia Butler is an author with 11 literary awards, including major awards such as Hugo, Nebula and Locus. She has a huge fan base worldwide. Writing in the science fiction genre, Butler is a master at describing humanity and universal issues. She makes you read between the lines and guides you through the perspectives you haven’t tried before.
‘[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human’ New York Times
‘A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature’ The Washington Post
Shori wakes up in wilderness with extensive injuries and no memories. As she recovers, the realisation that she has very unhuman needs and abilities leads to a shocking conclusion: Shori is a 53-year-old vampire.
To have a future, she must unravel her past … because the people that nearly killed her haven’t given up.
Octavia E. Butler
Octavia Estelle Butler was an African-American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Butler was born in Pasadena, California. After her father died, she was raised by her widowed mother.
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