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Imago (Xenogenesis) MP3 CD – Unabridged, November 3, 2015
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Child of two species, but part of neither, a new being must find his way.
Human and Oankali have been mating since the aliens first came to Earth to rescue the few survivors of an annihilating nuclear war. The Oankali began a massive breeding project, guided by the Ooloi, a sexless subspecies capable of manipulating DNA, in the hope of eventually creating a perfect starfaring race. Jodahs is supposed to be just another hybrid of human and Oankali, but as he begins his transformation to adulthood he finds himself becoming Ooloi—the first ever born to a human mother.
As his body changes, Jodahs develops the ability to shapeshift, manipulate matter, and cure or create disease at will. If this frightened young man is able to master his new identity, Jodahs could prove the savior of what’s left of mankind. Or, if he is not careful, he could become a plague that will destroy this new race once and for all.
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- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (November 3, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1511338504
- ISBN-13 : 978-1511338509
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,370,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jodahs is an interesting character–closer to human than some of the other biracial children. It’s still young, but in the process of becoming an adult, and it’s interesting to watch it change and grow, and develop a relationship with Jesusa and Tomas. It uses some of the physically pleasurable abilities it has to try to bind Jesusa and Tomas to itself. It’s one of the core conflicts in the series–at what point are the Oankali giving humans what they want but don’t know they want, and at what point are they mind-controlling or coercing them? It puts the concept of consent in stark relief, and doesn’t provide any easy answers. It’s up to individual readers to figure out where they stand.
I loved this series of books and recommend it to someone looking for a thoughtful science fiction novel that explores sexual taboos and the hot-button topic of consent.
Reading her prose is an experience that I want over and over. This trilogy is so unique and so beautifully written. It was flawless in its execution, and I almost cried when it was over. I will be recommending this trilogy to every sci-fi reader I know. They, like me, won't be disappointed.
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I want to give the series a lower rating for all the reasons mentioned above, but it is nonetheless an interesting series that explores interesting ideas with interesting characters. And I did choose to read all three books.