Lilith's Brood is the title under which Octavia Butler
's excellent Xenogenesis trilogy
was published in an omnibus edition
. The trilogy consists of the books: Dawn
, Adulthood Rites
, and Imago
. It tells about the life of Lilith Iyapo
and her alien/human hybrid children. Lilith is one of the few survivors of a catastrophic nuclear war, and awakes, 250 years later to find that aliens, the Oankali
, have rescued the surviving humans.. and want to mate with them, merging humans and Oankali. Naturally, most of the humans are a little conflicted about this idea.
Beautiful, beautiful writing. These are my favourite of Butler's work. The characters are so compelling, the premise so novel, the writing so spare and intoxicating. Please, please read this (these) books.