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Fledgling is a science fiction and fantasy novel by award-winning author Octavia Butler. The story is considered as an allegory of the human mind, particularly on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance.

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  • Gary Guerrero
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman 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 at the same time learn who wanted-and still wants-to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself. "
  • Madison Duncan
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Parable of the Talents (Earthseed) Bloodchild and Other Stories. Dawn (Xenogenesis, Bk. Seed to Harvest: "
    Troye Sivan
    Written on April 26, 2019
    "disappointing vampire book with uncomfortable pedophilia "
  • Teresa Domínguez
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I really have a good opinion of Octavia Butler. Every book I have read from her has been well written and entertaining or thought provoking. This one is no disappointment. The only problem of course is that there is not going to be a trilogy. This book feels like that is the way it was going."
  • Bryan Edwards
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "If you love vampires, you will love this book. The basic plot revolves around a young vampire who has been badly injured and wakes up with amnesia. We learn about what she is and how vampirism & vampiric society works with her. She contains all the dangers we have learned to associate with vampires but one with a conscience. The main character is black and, although she is fity+ years old, physically pre-pubescent. Her amnesia coupled with her youthful appearance and her race add multiple layers to what would otherwise have been a familiar story."
  • Sharon Gomez
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This post-humus offering from Octavia Butler was a fun story. It's a shame there won't be a squeal to it, as I'm left with a burning desire to know the girl's story ends!"
  • Saúl Castro
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Science fiction has always held a mirror up to society. It's important to explore societal bounds and science fiction is a great way to do that in a removed context. But this is just a social-justice parable masquerading as speculative fiction. Honestly, I felt like it was a lecture from a particularly worked-up liberal professor. Its "message" is so heavy-handed and unsubtle that it completely derailed the actual story. Pass!"
  • Jeffrey Chapman
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "This is one of the rare books I finished in one sitting. I thought that it wouldn't be very good because it's about vampires, but I just couldn't stop myself from finishing this wonderful story. "
  • Richard Delgado
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "I finished Fledging a month ago and I still can't help but think about it as I fall asleep each night. Octavia Butler has built a truly stunning and immersive world that will keep you entranced. I hope she has a sequel soon, I want to know what happened to Bethany!"
  • Amy Cruz
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The vampire genre may be a bit overdone, but I still enjoyed reading this novel. It's an interesting mix of fantasy and sci-fi, with a genetically modified vampire and a story more complex than it first appears. It's a fascinating twist on the subject, and was very fun to read."

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