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When Aliens come to town....good second entry in the trilogy
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2017
In the first volume, Butler introduces her post-apocalyptic earth (apparently caused by nuclear war). Life would have been destroyed on most of earth, but aliens arrived in time to save some humans. The aliens "stored" the rescued humans in their ship for a couple of centuries, while they restored the planet. Humans were then re-introduced to earth.
This second volume picks up a few decades later. Humans and aliens have been interbreeding (aliens have three "sexes," and reproduction is complicated--which is one of the really cool things about this series--it eliminates in a very believable way the gender binary) and a few "constructs" have reached maturity. We begin with one of those constructs, in the womb of their human mother. The construct has the alien ability to remember everything, but can (mostly) "pass" as human. As the construct grows, they mingle with humans--many of who have refused to mingle with the aliens, and ran off to form villages of "resisters."
My only reservation is that the story drags, especially compared to the first volume of the trilogy. Too much of the construct kid wandering around, not really doing anything interesting, while it learns about humans, and we learn more about aliens. But the story picks up in the second half, and I tore through the rest of the book.
Looking forward to volume three.