Review: Imago (Xenogenesis Book 3 of 3)

Imago - Octavia E. Butler

I really liked this series. The books were fast reads and they held my interest from beginning to end. Although the books were only around 250 pages each, the stories had plenty of meat. I like books that compel me to think about them even when I’m doing other things, and these books were like that. There’s a lot of moral ambiguity in this series. Human nature is also depicted in a pessimistic way. I often felt uncomfortable rooting for the success of the main characters because I didn’t think all their actions were very ethical even though, within the context of the story, their choices were understandable and perhaps even inevitable. The second book was less problematic for me in this regard, but the dilemma was back in full force in this final book.


Even though these books will probably make you think, they’re also fun to read. I don’t think there was a single section anywhere in the books that felt dry or dull. It’s a very character-driven story. Each book is told from the perspective of a single character and is easy to follow. I definitely plan to come back to Octavia Butler at some point in the future and try some of her other books.


I don’t have anything else to say that I haven’t already said in my recent reviews of the previous books. I don’t often recommend books because I don’t feel comfortable about my judgment of what other people will enjoy. My own enjoyment of something definitely isn’t a guarantee that other people will like it. However, if you like science fiction at all, and if you haven’t read anything by Octavia Butler, I recommend giving the first book in this series a try. If you’re not a big fan of science fiction but you want to add a little bit of it into your reading mix, this series might not be a bad choice for you either.