The second book in Octavia Butler's excellent Xenogenesis Trilogy. Akin, the precocious first human-born male child of a human/oankali mating, is kidnapped by a group of infertile humans who had fled the Oankali settlements. His time with them gives him a unique perspective and he goes on to fight for the establishment of a preserve for humans on Mars and the restoration of their fertility if they settle there.

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