Adulthood Rites
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By Octavia E. Butler

science fiction | 277 pages | Published in 1988

In this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin. But Akin actually has five parents: a male and female human, a male and female Oankali, and a sexless Ooloi. The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compelled to genetically merge their species with other races, drastically altering both in the process. On a rehabilitated Earth, this "new" race is emerging through human/Oankali/Ooloi mating, but there are also "pure" humans who choose to resist the aliens and the salvation they offer.These resisters are sterilized by the Ooloi so that they cannot reproduce the genetic defect that drives humanity to destroy itself, but otherwise they are left alone (unless they become violent). When the resisters kidnap young Akin, the Oankali choose to leave the child with his captors, for he the most "human" of the Oankali children will decide whether the resisters should be given back their fertility and freedom, even though they will only destroy themselves again. This is the second volume in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis series, a powerful tale of alien existence.

ISBN_13:9780446603782

Quotes

Human beings have an amazing capacity to adapt to almost anything.

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Change is the one constant in life. Embrace it and learn from it.

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The past is a lesson, not a life sentence. Don't let it define you.

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Compassion is the key to understanding and unity.

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Knowledge is a weapon, and we must use it wisely.

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In diversity, there is strength. Embrace our differences and thrive.

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True power comes from empowering others.

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The path to progress is paved with open-mindedness and acceptance.

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We are all connected, and our actions have ripple effects.

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Life is a journey, and it's the lessons along the way that matter most.

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