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Imago

by Octavia E. Butler

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Series: Xenogenesis (3)

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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:The stunning conclusion to a postapocalyptic trilogy about an alien species merging with humans—from "one of science fiction's finest writers" (TheNew York Times).
Human and Oankali have been mating since the aliens first came to Earth to rescue the few survivors of an annihilating nuclear war. The Oankali began a massive breeding project, guided by the ooloi, a sexless subspecies capable of manipulating DNA, in the hope of eventually creating a perfect starfaring race. Jodahs is supposed to be just another hybrid of human and Oankali, but as he begins his transformation to adulthood he finds himself becoming ooloi—the first ever born to a human mother. As his body changes, Jodahs develops the ability to shapeshift, manipulate matter, and cure or create disease at will. If this frightened young man is able to master his new identity, Jodahs could prove the savior of what's left of mankind. Or, if he is not careful, he could become a plague that will destroy this new race once and for all.
Readers of Ursula K. Le Guin and N. K. Jemisin will be fascinated by bestselling author Octavia Butler's thought-provoking and compelling vision of humanity.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author's estate.
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Loved this one. Some of the plotlines were solved somewhat simply, and I wanted more at the end, but it was a good ending to a good trilogy ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
see my review of the 1st book for details of why i'm ambivalent about it. book is interesting and good but my creeped out feelings about the way the aliens act means i didn't enjoy it as much as i could. i'll also note that the perspective on this of one of the aliens made the creepiness even stronger, especially near the end. i dunno. ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
The final volume of a famous scifi trilogy. The first volume was the best - painted a great scene - aliens taking over the remnants of the Earth's population after humans had just about destroyed themselves and their world in a war. Some humans accepted the inevitable and cooperated, others maintained the stupidity that had led to Earth's demise. The following two volumes continued the story and moved to other dilemmas facing survivors.
The three books offer a master course in scifi. The author is incredibly creative - not in imagining alien technology, but in imagining the interactions of humans and aliens.
Great reading. ( )
  mbmackay | Jul 22, 2023 |
Loved the way this trilogy made me care about beings who were so different from me. Couldn't put the books down! ( )
  JudyGibson | Jan 26, 2023 |
Continuation of the story but from a different point of view again, allowing us to better understand the final point of view possible in this new society. Overall interesting, but not as much as the other two books. ( )
  Guide2 | Dec 10, 2022 |
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Butler, Octavia E.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barlowe, WayneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kannosto, MattiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Underwood, GeorgeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:The stunning conclusion to a postapocalyptic trilogy about an alien species merging with humans—from "one of science fiction's finest writers" (TheNew York Times).
Human and Oankali have been mating since the aliens first came to Earth to rescue the few survivors of an annihilating nuclear war. The Oankali began a massive breeding project, guided by the ooloi, a sexless subspecies capable of manipulating DNA, in the hope of eventually creating a perfect starfaring race. Jodahs is supposed to be just another hybrid of human and Oankali, but as he begins his transformation to adulthood he finds himself becoming ooloi—the first ever born to a human mother. As his body changes, Jodahs develops the ability to shapeshift, manipulate matter, and cure or create disease at will. If this frightened young man is able to master his new identity, Jodahs could prove the savior of what's left of mankind. Or, if he is not careful, he could become a plague that will destroy this new race once and for all.
Readers of Ursula K. Le Guin and N. K. Jemisin will be fascinated by bestselling author Octavia Butler's thought-provoking and compelling vision of humanity.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author's estate.

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