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Basically, if you like dystopian books with "peaceful, well-meaning" a WOW! Basically, if you like dystopian books with "peaceful, well-meaning" aliens in it, there's a chance you would enjoy it. View all 19 comments. May 05, Stuart rated it really liked it Shelves: humanistic-sf , superhuman-powers , alien-contact. Imago takes the bold but logical next step by shifting the perspective to Jodahs, an Ooloi-human construct.
Until now we have had the perspective on Lilith in Dawn, a human woman forced to come to grips with the Oankali and try to convince other humans that accepting their offer is the only viable option for humanity. Subsequently in Adulthood Rites we shifted to the story of Akin, a human-Oankali construct sympathetic to both sides, though he struggled to reach this understanding.
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In Imago we go far beyond this, for to see the world as an Ooloi is to experience directly the feelings, emotions, and genetic structures of both Oankali and humans. Though conventional Ooloi shape the genetic material of their male and female Oankali mates to create children, Jodahs has human DNA as well, so it finds itself not fully suited to Oankali society, and wants to avoid the fate of being forcibly returned to the Oankali ship to find mates there.
Moreover, the Ooloi themselves wield great power to genetically alter living things around them, and before they learn to control this they can be a danger to everyone around them, causing random mutations in themselves and others. Because of this, even other Ooloi shun their company. As a result, both Jodahs and Aaor isolate themselves in the jungle.
When Jodahs encounters two human siblings, Jesusa and Tomas, it is attracted to them sexually.
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These humans are from a hidden human settlement that escaped the sterilization program imposed on human resisters that refused to merge with the Oankali. Much of Imago centers on the evolving relationships of Jodahs, Aaor, the human siblings, and this remote human community that has evaded the notice of the Oankali. As in the previous two books, the sexual and emotional ties are complicated, unsettling, and very alien. This is particularly so in Imago, since we see things as an Ooloi does, where physical and emotional attraction takes the form of irresistible scents, and the almost uncontrollable urge to find a compatible mate.
Once again, the issues of consent, coercion, enslavement, and power are explored unflinchingly. It has been very difficult to pin down exactly what Butler thinks of these subjects, because she consistently refuses to clearly moralize or tip her hand overtly. Is humanity better off in the end? Did the end justify the means? How many parallels about colonialism and cultural domination are we meant to draw, if any? The Oankali are driven by the biological imperative to mate with other races and create new DNA combinations to further themselves, so morality as humans understand it is not really their concern, though they always claim it is for the benefit of mankind.
But that assertion is questionable when we understand that no real choice is being offered, only the illusion of choice.
Why cannot humans remain on the Earth as they were before? What are the ultimate plans of the Oankali, whose gift of survival has so many strings attached? I felt this final volume was more difficult to follow than the first two books, but that largely has to do with the fact that it is told from the perspective of a genderless Ooloi, utterly different from humans and yet desperately needing them at the same time.
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There are few stories that plunge you into such unfamiliar and morally ambiguous territory, not to mention many unpleasant situations involving sexual coercion and control, which means that some readers will definitely not find it to their liking. But if you are willing to forge ahead, you will find that Octavia Butler was one of the most unique and uncompromising writers in the genre, continually exploring gender, power and dominance, physical and cultural coercion, and frequently taking a pessimistic view of human nature, but always leaving it to the reader to draw their own conclusions.
View all 10 comments. Aug 14, Wanda rated it really liked it Shelves: reading-project , speculative-fiction , female-authors , read-in It makes the Oankali marginally less creepy, but only a tiny bit. Butler excels at creating truly alien life forms, with wildly different forms of reproduction. The Oankali having stinging cells and tentacles, giving them some resemblance to jellyfish Cniderians in our world, but they are upright walking, hand-and-arm-possessing, intelligent life forms. In the first book, the Oankali have rescued the small remainder of humanity from a disaster of their own creation and have begun combining the two species.
He sees the basic incompatibility between the two species but also how they can also become compatible. This third installment reveals just how much the Oankali need and long for relationships with humans. To this point, they have seemed very unemotional, almost clinical, in their desire to revitalize their own DNA through incorporation of the human genome. Jodahs, who is metamorphosing into one of the mysterious Ooloi, shows us the depth of feeling, the intense sexual need, and indeed the pain of separation that we have been missing so far in the story. Despite gaining understanding, the whole sexual system of the Oankali feels deeply creepy.
The human male and female in the sexual constellation experience repulsion when they touch one another directly, but when joined by an Ooloi, experience intense sexual pleasure. She explores co-operation, coercion, limited choice, and unequal power without making it obvious which species she favours. Do we mourn the loss or celebrate what survives? View all 6 comments. The oankali have three sexes: female, male, and ooloi.
The ooloi is a crucial part of the reproduction process as it controls and manipulates genes and is responsible for the gene trade. The creation of a construct ooloi has only been discussed, but not yet attempted until now.
Imago tells the story of Jodahs, the first ooloi construct. This book ties the previous two together seamlessly by showing what Jodahs is The oankali have three sexes: female, male, and ooloi. Through Jodahs, we come to better understand the oankali and see that what used to seem alien in the previous two books is just the way life has to be, from here on out. Full review of the trilogy here View 2 comments.
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If the first two volumes are written in third person, this last part is told in first one, which makes it even more harder for the reader not to be involved in the story. However, despite the never-ending feeling of discomfort, it is mainly an ode to life and love. His every look, his reaction, his touch, his scent. He never stopped telling you what he wanted. And since he was the sole If the first two volumes are written in third person, this last part is told in first one, which makes it even more harder for the reader not to be involved in the story.
And since he was the sole focus of your attention, you gave him everything he asked for. Ms Butler touches so many sensitive issues that it is impossible to mention all - sexuality, gender identity, deformities, just to name a few. There were many moments when I stopped to absorb exactly what I just read and realize how many things we take for granted and never appreciate them. Or how differently we perceive what we have.
Below fragment is just an example: Our river water at Lo always came to us clouded with sediment. We had never known other water. Usually, I read odd pages in a day, max two. This one took me a week. Too disturbing, too dense, too full of meanings and back to too disturbing. Jul 24, David rated it it was amazing Recommended to David by: Michael. Shelves: science-fiction.
In an nuclear apocalypse, humans have virtually wiped out life on Earth. From the aliens' point of view, their rescue of humans and repopulation of Earth is for their own good. Without cross-breeding with humans, and blending their DNA with that of humans, the human race is on a direct course for extinction.
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