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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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  • Gabriele
  • portland, OR, United States
  • 06-26-10

Octavia Butler is a genius

Octavia Butler's insights into power, slavery, intimacy, and the role of sexuality in unequal relationships are unparalleled. And her insights are matched only by the narrative and erotic power of her writing. There's a reason that she's beloved by SciFi nerds, academics, and black power folks alike: she's the real deal.
The reader is also excellent--she does accents differently yet subtly.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tammy
  • Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
  • 12-08-10

different

i loved this book, not generally my style,but i loved it. gonna read everything she wrote in case there is another just as awesome

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Unusual Concept, Very Good Read

Uncomfortable concept initially, but get over it and you will find a very engaging read. Hard to classify, but the courtroom drama aspect is extremely interesting. Octavia Butler operated outside the box, brought to light several mind expanding concepts, and leaves you wishing for a sequel which, unfortunately will not be available unless another author picks up the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Creepy sexuality in new kind of vampire tale

Fascinating revision of vampire tale has Humans engaged in symbiotic relationships with vampire. Central character is 53 years old but looks like a ten year old girl and that makes her sex scenes with various adults creepy. The power dynamics of these relationships are not fully explored but the plot has both battles and a long courtroom scene.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Shawna
  • Silver Spring, MD United States
  • 04-21-14

Interesting But Not As Compelling Other Stories

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is still a great book for a person who has a long drive, can get past the thought of the main character looking like a 10-12 year old girl (while having a relationship with adult), and doesn't mind interesting twist on vampire lore. Also there are a lot of parallels to the Xenogenesis/Lilth's Broad series.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Meh.. The ending was a little flat. I was hoping to see how the main character develops beyond the child-like state.

What about Tracey Leigh’s performance did you like?

She kept the story rolling.

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

I don't think the world is ready for a film for based on this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • EVERETT, WA, United States
  • 05-13-11

Child in sexual situations

I love Octavia Butler. I have loved loved loved all the other books of her's I have read/listened to. This book, however, has sex between a child and adult men. Shori, the vampire, is said to be 53 years old. Fine, but she looks like an 11 year old girl, and by vampire standards, she is still immature - too young for mating. The vampires have a venum that bind and cause sexual arrousal in their human symbionts, but, despite this, both the adult human men in the story say they "wanted" her even before they were biten. The vampire males all seem to want her too, and even offer themselves to her. I found this nauseating aspect of the book too disturbing and repulsive and it ruined the entire thing for me. None of the story's redeming characteristics distracted me. I even started to skipped the sexually explicit scenes with the child and the adults, which to be often, but I couldn't improve my impression of this story. Not okay.

22 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Excellent author, Good novel

I love Octavia Butler. She is one of my favorite authors. Her work is so profound; exploring ideas about Race, gender, sexuality etc. This was not my favorite from her. I loved the story about the Ina. There was something very different about this vampire species, they seemed almost alien. I enjoyed the Ina because they are not like any vampire community that I've encountered in the genre. I liked how themes of prejudice were explored though discussions of Race and species. The Ina thought themselves to seem so beyond these concepts yet some were just as bigoted as humans can be. I can tell that this was the start of a series, based on how it ended. It is a shame we lost such a gifted writer.

The one thing I could not accept was the fact that Shori appears as a pre-teen girl and she is engaging in sexual acts. Every time she became intimate with someone I felt like I was listening to kiddie porn. I found myself skipping those parts because they made me VERY uncomfortable.

The narrator was okay but didn't wow me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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weird under age stuff

so there is a lot in this book I liked. But for some reason the main character looks like a 10-13 year old and she has sex with people. there is no reason for her to look that young. and it makes me very uncomfortable.

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  • Alysia
  • Redondo Beach, CA, United States
  • 12-29-14

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Betty
  • Orlando, FL, USA
  • 05-01-09

NEW TWIST ON AN OLD STORY***VAMPIRE

FLEDGLING is an excellent story with a new creative and innovative twist to an old favorite of Sci-Fi fans, the vampire. Ms. Butler certainly had an imagination that far exceeds others in her genre. I've enjoyed all of her books and she will certainly be missed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful