This is the first book I’ve read by Octavia E. Butler, and I see I’ve been missing out! I’ve put off a lot of things I needed and wanted to do this weekend in order to read this book instead. Fortunately it was only 248 pages, so I managed to finish it before my weekend was completely shot! Now if I can only resist allowing the next book in the series take over the rest of my weekend…
Dawn is a science fiction book, the first in a trilogy. It’s told entirely from the perspective of a woman named Lilith. When the book begins, we find Lilith waking up from a long, mysterious sleep, in a room with no exits. We learn that this has happened many times before, and she always hears voices asking her lots and lots of questions. She doesn’t know how she got there, who’s holding her captive, or why. This description really doesn’t explain the premise of the book, but finding out the answers was part of the fun for me so I don’t want to spoil any more than that. The book synopsis on the book page gives a better idea of what the book is actually about.
I liked Lilith; she was relatable and interesting. The story was told very well, and the writing grabbed me and pretty much never let me go. The story is full of shades of gray. There were some pretty disturbing things here, especially if you stopped to think about the implications. By the end of this book I still hadn’t quite made up my mind how I felt about what Lilith’s captors wanted, or how I felt about Lilith’s reaction to it and the choices she made. I can’t say more than that without major spoilers.
The U.S. Kindle version of the first two books in this trilogy are both on sale on Amazon for $1.99 each through the end of the month (tomorrow) if anybody else is interested.