Adulthood Rites
Octavia E. Butler
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In this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin But Akin actually has five parents a male and female human, a male and female Oankali, and a sexless Ooloi The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compellIn this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin But Akin actually has five parents a male and female human, a male and female Oankali, and a sexless Ooloi The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compelled to genetically merge their species with other races, drastically altering both in the process On a rehabilitated Earth, this new race is emerging through human Oankali Ooloi mating, but there are also pure humans who choose to resist the aliens and the salvation they offer.These resisters are sterilized by the Ooloi so that they cannot reproduce the genetic defect that drives humanity to destroy itself, but otherwise they are left alone unless they become violent When the resisters kidnap young Akin, the Oankali choose to leave the child with his captors, for he the most human of the Oankali children will decide whether the resisters should be given back their fertility and freedom, even though they will only destroy themselves again This is the second volume in Octavia Butler s Xenogenesis series, a powerful tale of alien existence.
  • Title: Adulthood Rites
  • Author: Octavia E. Butler
  • ISBN: 9780445209039
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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Apatt Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
I find it oddly difficult to review an Octavia Butler book without filling it to the brim with cringe inducing sentimentality and hyperbole but I'll be damned if she doesn't make me all pensive and a touch maudlin every time I read her books. I get this feeling that her kindness and compassion always seep through her books and it makes me feel a little wistful that she is no longer with us.Adulthood Rites is the second volume of the Lilith's Brood trilogy. In a nutshell it is the story of the la [...]
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Beverly Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
This second of the series left me feeling sad for the humans who keep repeating their stupid, violent behavior. Akin in trying to save them must lose himself and lose his own people.
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Stuart Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Adulthood Rites: A human-Oankali child is torn between two speciesOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureAdulthood Rites (1988) is the second book in Octavia Butler’s XENOGENESIS trilogy. It continues the story of Lilith in Dawn (1987), a human woman revived by the alien Oankali centuries after humanity has mostly destroyed itself with nuclear weapons. The Oankali offered humanity a second chance, but at a price — to merge its genes with the Oankali, who are ‘gene traders’ driven to cont [...]
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Claudia Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
The story continues few years after the events in Dawn. Earth is habitable again, the Oankali allowed humans to live ‘free’ (they are called resisters) or with them in the ian jungle. ‘Free’ is not just what is should be; all humans have been sterilized and they can only procreate with Oankali involvement, so homo sapiens is heading for extinction. First ‘construct’ - mixed race - children are born; some of the resisters love them, others are afraid of them, others feel revulsion. On [...]
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Res Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Sequel to Dawn. The one where Akin, a human-looking child with a mix of human and oankali genes, is kidnapped and grows up among villages of human resisters. This sequel focuses on the feelings of the humans who have chosen not to mix with or cooperate with the oankali, and so it's not surprising that its view of humanity is depressing as hell.This re-read I noticed something that hadn't struck me the first time: The oankali don't have stories -- don't seem to understand why anyone would want th [...]
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Obsidian Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
I liked the second book in the Xenogenesis series a lot. There were some problems with the fact that I thought the character Akin did a total change that didn't seem reasonable after seeing how the Resisters acted. His thought process that if only the Resisters were granted total freedom would lead them to be better than their overall nature I thought was naive based on what he witnessed and even based on what occurred in book #1.In "Dawn" the main character was told from Lilith Iyapo. Lilith aw [...]
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Megan Baxter Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
This book starts years after the first one, as the humans and Oankali are established on Earth, and have been giving birth to Oankali/human construct children for quite a while now. I maybe missed the explanation of why they're called constructs, because aren't all children through the mediating influence of an Oankali ooloi (their third sex, masters of genemixing) constructed, whether part human or not? I mean, isn't that what makes the Oankali what they are?Note: The rest of this review has be [...]
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Mimi Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Adulthood Rites takes place several years after Dawn and shows life on new Earth as both humans and oankali have resettled some of the land and formed villages. The story follows one of Lilith's sons, Akin, a human-oankali construct, as he grows to maturity. Akin is the first construct to be born to a human mother, and because he looks more human on the outside, he's easily accepted by other humans who have chosen to reject the oankali and the gene trade (from Dawn). Looks are deceiving thoug [...]
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Gergana Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Would this really have happened to us? If someone pressed the "reset" button on our planet, would humanity go back to pillaging, raping and kidnapping to ensure the survival of their own village or simply for the satisfaction of our basic needs? I find it hard to believe, maybe because I don't want to.According to the alien species in this book, as humans we are deeply hierarchical, we follow or we want to be followed, which is the main reason for the majority of our wars and atrocities committe [...]
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Zanna Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Somewhere between the particular texture of the writing and the thought-sparking brilliance of the ideas, Octavia Butler's work never fails to hook me in so far I never want to leave. Like Dawn, this novel had me rambling on to friends and family about Lilith and her relationships, the Oankali and their culture.One of my friends, when I described how the Oankali feel pain when they cause it, and feel pleasure when they cause it, picked up on the theme that recurs throughout all Octavia's work th [...]
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David Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
This is the second of three novels in the Xenogenesis series by Octavia Butler. It is a fine example of a well-thought-out and executed sci-fi concept. It held my attention from beginning to end.The main character from the first book, Lillith, may be the only human on Earth who is fertile. She has a child, Akin. However, Akin is not an ordinary human, as he is the child of five individuals; a male and female human, a male and female Oankali, and a third sex Oankali known as an "ooloi". In partic [...]
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Lilia Ford Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
3.5With this volume, I thought Xenogenesis moved sharply in a more "speculative" direction. It had its interest, certainly, but the structure and narration consistently pulled the novel away from the more dramatic energies in the storytelling, towards the more conceptual. None of this was helped by having the main character and narrative POV, Akin, be an infant for roughly the first half--also those parts of the story that were most traditionally action-packed and "human" oriented. As we move to [...]
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Michael Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
This is a brilliant and mind-blowing apocalyptic tale published in 1988. Instead of a cataclysm like an epidemic or a meteor strike, the event that threatens human existence is a very unusual form of invasion by beneficent aliens after we have nearly done ourselves in.Human warfare and devastation of the Earth nearly wiped out the species, and a superior starfaring race of aliens, the Oankali, have stepped in and preserved the human race. They keep enough in suspension on their ship so that when [...]
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Carolyn Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Adulthood Rites is the second volume of the Lilith's Brood trilogy. In the previous novel an alien species the Oankali rescued the last remaining humans after they had destroyed the Earth with war and pollution. The Oankali are a race who 'trade' genes with other species through matings involving a male and female of each species and a sexless being called an Ooloi who can select which genes to mix together to form a being with desired traits of both species. The Oankali have generated parts of [...]
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Elizabeth Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
An intriguing continuation to the story started in Dawn. Though I was content with Dawn as a self-contained story it was fascinating to see how Butler expanded all of the concepts she'd put forward and looked at how different and mixed species would continue to interact over time. I enjoy Butler's quiet, meditative prose and her nuanced development of characters. The only major flaw was that this book really does feel incomplete - you really are going to have to read the next one to find out wha [...]
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Carla Estruch Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Tengo la sensación de que es el más humano de los tres. Me gustó más el primero por sus personajes (aquí se centra en otros, pero en el mismo contexto, aunque unos años después), pero los temas que plantea siguen siendo muy interesantes.Octavia Butler ha sido un auténtico flechado literario.
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Michael Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
The sequel to Dawn starts up 20 years later, and continues prodding and poking at the ethical questions in new and interesting ways. I would compare the two books by saying Dawn was more of a theoretical experiment, whereas Adulthood Rites is the real thing. Trigger warnings for those who love children: (view spoiler)[There are kidnappings and multiple threats of harm and death to young children in this story (hide spoiler)]. And for those who love adults: (view spoiler)[There are multiple murde [...]
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Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
I wavered between three and four stars for this one. I eventually decided on four because despite my annoyance with the constant talk of mating and the sexual function of the Oankali, I deeply admire the very fluid and ingenious way that Butler introduces her central issues and messages.Much like Dawn, the first book in this series, we have been presented with moral and ethical dilemmas that do not have easy answers.The Oankali have saved Earth and the few remaining inhabitants from a man made d [...]
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Renee Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
What a sad, bleak and depressing continuation. And, yet, I cannot stop reading.Seriously, could humanity get any worse? I love how Butler can take humans and expose their weaknesses so well. How utterly stupid, pointless, and unself-aware (is that a word?) do we (humans) look in this book? Really, it is saddening to think about. At first, as any person, I would deny that humans would act the way the resisters act in this book, and yet, the truthful part of me knows! I know, humans would act exac [...]
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Maggie K Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
The second book in Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, Adulthood Rites visits with one of Lilith's children, Akin, the first human born male of the great genetic-trade experiment.This book explores the issues raised in the first book regarding human right of reproduction: Just because humans are genetically doomed to render themselves extinct, does this make allowing them to reproduce moral or immoral?Throughout the book, we see different scenes favoring both stancesPhilosophical themes can sometimes [...]
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Melissa Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
The second installment went in such a different direction than I anticipated, and was even better for the shift. Instead of starting right where we left off after the first book, we skipped ahead to join Lilith and her family, as well as the human resisters, a little further along. And we get to see both groups from a new perspectiveat if their blended children. the only ones who really understand both sides of this "trade".
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Pearl Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Reading these books has been an enjoyable experience! This second one shifts from "Dawn's" main protagonist, Lilith's view to Akin, her son and it illuminates and expands more on the dynamics between the aliens, humans and the new generation that is growing from the uneasy merging between the two societies. Octavia Butler managed to make me care about certain characters and their actions that frustrated me and yet also see the reason behind their motives too, all due to the great way she weaved [...]
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Scott Rhee Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
The second book in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, "Adulthood Rites," takes place years after the events of the first novel "Dawn", and it expounds more on the many social issues raised in the first book; namely issues of gender, sexuality, genetics, and humanocentrism. In the first book, a peaceful alien race, the Oankali, has essentially saved humankind from extinction. Several hundred years after a global nuclear war has wiped out a majority of the world population and destroyed the pla [...]
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Elizabeth Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
This is the second of the Xenogenesis trilogy. Although each book could in theory be read alone, I cannot see anyone really understanding all of the issues and complexities without reading them all in sequence. As with the first book, this one leaves significant issues unresolved.The problematic nature of the "deal" offered by the Oankali to the Humans becomes increasingly clear in this book, the story of Akin, the first male Human-Oankali construct born on Earth. This book further develops idea [...]
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Valerie Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Fun Fact: LeVar Burton says Octavia Butler is his favorite author.That man has been telling me what book I should read next for 20 years. He has never been wrong.Adulthood Rites didn't grab me as immediately as Dawn, probably because it was a lot harder for me to relate to Akin than to Lilith. However, the story is thicker and even more layered than its predecessor. It has themes of puberty, kinship, and the (in this case literal) story of the Phoenix, but it never oversteps itself. I read an in [...]
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E.J. Randolph Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
This is my first experience reading an Octaia Butler book. About halfway through, I realized I was reading a deeply personal statement of self-understanding and place in the world expressed in a unique and distinctive creative format.I felt a kinship with this woman who knew she was different and not just on the outside. And, she knew the difference was scary to most people. She was smart. She asked questions. She wanted to do good in the world. Like the main character in this book, Akin, she mi [...]
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Andrew Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Excellent and even better than Dawn (Xenogenesis, book 1).
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Edward Rathke Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Book two of this trilogy is somehow unimaginably better than the first, which was already amazing.Butler may be one of my new favorite writers. It's too bad she never put a lot of books out, so I may have to go through the rest of her books very slowly so as not to burn through everything she did too quick.This novel picks up about thirty years after the first with humans and aliens settling on earth. Some humans refuse to have anything to do with the aliens. There are a lot of plot elements I c [...]
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Linda Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
Adulthood Rites is the second in the Xenogenesis Trilogy. For me, it wasn’t as enjoyable as the first (Dawn). In Dawn, Butler, examined the relationship between slave and master in a way I found unique and interesting. In Adulthood Rites, Butler examines other topics. She asks if humans are destined to destroy themselves, if the very traits that allow humans to thrive may inevitably be their undoing. I wasn’t as interested in the questions that Butler took on in this second book. As far as c [...]
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Jason Apr 10, 2020 - 18:33 PM
This book did not suffer much from being the middle of the series. After being somewhat disappointed that the main plot line no longer followed Lilith, as this book takes place 30 years later, but rather her son Akin, the first human born construct, I found this book to be filled with fast paced, page turning, fun. This book is very different in theme and in scope as it sets its focus on Akin. I really enjoyed where Octavia Butler took the series here but strangely found myself feeling a little [...]
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Adulthood Rites By Octavia E. Butler In this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin But Akin actually has five parents a male and female human, a male and female Oankali, and a sexless Ooloi The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compellIn this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin But Akin actually has five parents a male and female human, a male and female Oankali, and a sexless Ooloi The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compelled to genetically merge their species with other races, drastically altering both in the process On a rehabilitated Earth, this new race is emerging through human Oankali Ooloi mating, but there are also pure humans who choose to resist the aliens and the salvation they offer.These resisters are sterilized by the Ooloi so that they cannot reproduce the genetic defect that drives humanity to destroy itself, but otherwise they are left alone unless they become violent When the resisters kidnap young Akin, the Oankali choose to leave the child with his captors, for he the most human of the Oankali children will decide whether the resisters should be given back their fertility and freedom, even though they will only destroy themselves again This is the second volume in Octavia Butler s Xenogenesis series, a powerful tale of alien existence.

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