Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Review: Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

Description (from amazon.co.uk)
Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of “otherness” and questions what it means to be truly human.

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler was voted for by the participants of calico_reaction's book club for February's reading challenge, which I mistook for January's choice.

It's about a girl who wakes up in a dark cave with no memory and with only her newborn-like instincts to guide her as she tries to survive. The story is about her re-learning to be herself again, discovery her (and her family/race) history and customs, as she battles to save herself and her people from someone who want to see their world rid of her kind.

I have to say that I really enjoyed it

I really liked the start; I wasn't really sure what's going on. There were little clues telling you its not something good, I love a slow reveal :) I was totally sucked in from start to finish. It was really interesting finding out about shori's history and customs, and I loved the tone in which it was written. I would definitely recommend reading this book.

Rating: 5/6 - I Really Liked It

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