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Fledgling | [Octavia E. Butler]

Fledgling

Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of a young amnesiac girl whose inhuman 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 learn who wanted to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.
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Publisher's Summary

Fledgling, the late Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of a young amnesiac girl whose alarmingly inhuman 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 learn who wanted 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.

©2005 Octavia E. Butler; (P)2007 BBC Audio

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    Matt Portland, OR 01-14-15
    Matt Portland, OR 01-14-15 Member Since 2014

    SciFi/Fantasy and others

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    "Interesting - not good/bad"

    Not the story I heard it was- made me think a lot, but the way it's written isn't a style I like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-29-14
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-29-14 Member Since 2013

    Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

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    "Felt Imcomplete"

    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.
    Pros
    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
    Cons
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michelle 10-15-14
    michelle 10-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "comes pretty close to child porn :("
    What disappointed you about Fledgling?

    the thought of child sex


    Has Fledgling turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no I like vampire stories


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    did not finish because it offended me


    Any additional comments?

    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..

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    Kyahgirl 07-17-14
    Kyahgirl 07-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An Intriguing Vampire story."


    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherron E. Allen-woods USA 08-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A fantastic story"
    What made the experience of listening to Fledgling the most enjoyable?

    The narrator tells the story with great intensity. I felt transported
    Into another realm.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Shorie. . I really liked how she described sensory
    Experience.


    Which character – as performed by Tracey Leigh – was your favorite?

    Shorie


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Best vampire story ever told.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Micah Athens, OH, United States 07-16-13
    Micah Athens, OH, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Sexy, Queer, and Complex."
    Where does Fledgling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is the most entertaining I've found on Audible so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first few chapters really drew me in.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    Great to listen to with a friend or family member so that you can talk about it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 04-02-11
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 04-02-11 Member Since 2011

    I don't want to live in a world without books!

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    "Great Premise -- Weak Ending"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 06-22-09
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 06-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Her only one in audio!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 10-11-08
    Tamara 10-11-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting premise, weak execution and reading"

    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.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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