Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.
©2005 Octavia E. Butler; (P)2007 BBC Audio
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
This is not my first book by Octavia Butler and I have to say it was not my favorite out of all the books of hers I've read.
A young looking girl wakes up in a cave with a unbearable hunger and no memory. With the body of a child Shori finds out her real age is 53 years old and she was apart of a "Ina" family who are no longer living. As she finds out what happened to her family she learns of her vampire abilities, history and her place in it all.
The overall premise of this book is really good and I have to say that was the best part. Having the story start with Shori not knowing anything about her past and who she is was brilliant. It gives the reader a chance to learn along with her. The reader knows what she knows. I really found that to be very intriguing because she asked a few questions I was asking myself along the way. But I have a few Pro's and Con's about this book overall.
I love that Shori is Black and the fact that she has abilities other vampires don't due to skin color.
I like the way the story unfolded.
I liked the characters and what they brought to the story
I felt like there should have been more to the story. It felt incomplete.
I hated Shori looking like a child and having a sexual relationship with a grown man.
I wasn't thrilled with the middle of the book. It dragged on here and there.
I felt there were a few characters who were introduced for no reason at all.
For these Pros and Cons I have to say that I thought the book was just OK and not Octavia's best book.
the thought of child sex
no I like vampire stories
did not finish because it offended me
the explicitness especially of a child-like being should be clearly marked in summery. I was given the impression from the summery that this book was about a young adult and explicit sex was not part of the summery. As I have children who also listen to my books, I would really like to know before buying about inappropriate segments..
This is the first book I've read by Octavia Butler and I thought it was interesting and subtly compelling. I'm terribly disappointed that this author passed away quite young because she had a prodigious writing talent! The vampire world building was different from so much of what I've read in recent years. That alone kept me reading because I wanted to see what Butler would do with it.
But, as always, it was the characters that kept me firmly hooked. I was intrigued by Shori; her history, her personality, and her ethics. The author aptly named this book 'Fledgling' because Shori really was like a newborn babe in so many ways yet so mature and developed in others. The other characters I really liked were Wright, Theodora, and Daniel.
This book was a bit slow to get into for me but every time I started thinking I needed a bit 'more', the story went to a new level and gave more. Butler built her world without any obvious info-dumps or long winded descriptions.
I both listened to the audiobook and read the paperback. Tracey Leigh did a solid job of narrating a story that had many different female and male characters. I would gladly listen to her narrate more stories.
I am happy to note that I have several books by this author waiting in my TBR. I look forward to reading more by her.
The narrator tells the story with great intensity. I felt transported
Into another realm.
My favorite character was Shorie. . I really liked how she described sensory
Best vampire story ever told.
This book is the most entertaining I've found on Audible so far.
The narration is great and the complexity of the story unfolds at a good pace. The author clearly imagined an entire world in order to create the vampire culture for this book.
The first few chapters really drew me in.
This was a great book to listen to over the course of a week. We did it on the way to and from vacation (10 hour drive each way).
Great to listen to with a friend or family member so that you can talk about it!
I don't want to live in a world without books!
I enjoyed this book right up til the end, when it just fizzled out. I wonder if Ms. Butler intended a sequel that was never written, which is unfortunate because the ending is so abrupt. It's really too bad.
This book reminded me strongly of the same alien-mind type of story so well written by Stephanie Meyer in "Host." If you enjoy this kind of book, I highly recommend it.
This is my all time favorite writer, the most original you will ever read. This story is one of her weakest however it holds together well enough that I have listened to it already several times. Well worth the money. Let's agitate to get her other stuff on audio!
The best way to explain this book is that it was as if it was written for a young adult audience (it's clearly not because the themes are mature) because the writing is very formal and unnecessarily repetitive. The dialog between the characters is unnatural. While the "universe" of vampires that was created by the author was fantastic, this particular story was not very interesting. The legal trial at the end was particularly boring.
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