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Clay's Ark: Octavia E. Butler (The Patternist Series) Paperback – January 21, 2021
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'A book that shifted my life... Epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant' VIOLA DAVIS on Wild Seed
'Butler's evocative, often troubling novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human' NEW YORK TIMES
A PATTERNIST NOVEL: BOOK THREE
Blake Maslin is a doctor. In an alternate America marked by volatile class warfare, he and his twin daughters are taken captive by armed men demanding urgent medical care.
In an isolated desert compound, the family encounter a collective of people suffering from an unknown and deadly disease. They appear sickly yet possess unnatural strength, torn between the dangerous compulsion to infect others or to hold on to their own humanity.
In the following hours, Blake and his daughters each must make a vital choice: risk everything to escape infection and warn the rest of the world, or accept their place in this strange new society.
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- Publisher : Headline; 1st edition (January 21, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1472281020
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472281029
- Item Weight : 6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.04 x 0.79 x 7.72 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #270,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And one man's fight and terrible acceptance of defeat against them.
Octavia's ability to create character's whom I know I should hate, with behaviors I know I should be disgusted by, and give them redeeming qualities is simply amazing. She also has a terrible ability to rip away characters she has forced you to fall in love with, tearing away the very fabric of their personality to end a persona they so desperately cling to. It is horrific to watch them be changed by the unfortunate events they are so haplessly guided into. But, the purpose is more than understood.
I would like to know how this ties into our Patternist series though, it seems like a completely different story. I guess I'll hopefully find out in the next book.
.On To The Next Adventrue.
Who would have ever considered a planet, our planet, to be viewed with such fascinating speculation?
How does this book possess so much substance with a great interpretation of what most would believe to be absurd or impossible?
Great story. Highly imaginable. Original.
Octavia tells you a story—that should be told, through her incredible imagination...
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The story follows a father and his two daughters who are off on a trip and get abducted by strangers. The strangers look sick and take them back to their 'village' where everyone else looks just as ill. One of the daughters has Leukemia and it's not clear whether she will survive the ordeal, but the strangers seem pretty tolerant...until they explain to their captures the reason for their abduction.
The novel delves into the past as well as the present throughout the novel and it works tremendously. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who hasn't read any of Octavia Butler's work but is wondering which book to try first.
Anyone who reads this book will not be disappointing, it's a page turner and a half.