“Wild Seed” by Octavia E. Butler [Book Review]

Compelling, raw, poignant, evocative, unexpected.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading “Wild Seed.” It’s the first novel I’ve read by this esteemed author called “the grand dame of science fiction.” The story begins with the unveiling of an interesting world created by Ms. Butler. It’s set in an African village in the late sixteen hundreds.
wild-seed In fluid prose, she introduces the two main characters, Doro and Anyanwu. I was instantly drawn into their world and the unusual makeup of these two individuals. Doro has unique powers, and those powers draws him to Anyanwu. It is her unusual powers that drew him to her after finding his village destroyed and all of his people killed.

Doro who’s lived for thousands of years, stealing the lives of other people, is totally fascinated by Anyanwu’s extraordinary abilities — the ability to take different forms –animal and human, and the ability to heal herself and others.

Taking Anyanwu as his bride, he coaxes her to leave her village where she’d lived for 300 years to travel to his colony in the new world.

Anyanwu, who’s equally fascinated by Doro, grows to love him. She later discovers there are many sides to him, some of them downright frightened. Once they reached his village in America, Anyanwu is not only surprised by all the new customs she has to learn, but she’s shocked by the plan Doro has for her.

Ms. Butler’s writing is smooth and effortless. It is so well written, while I knew the story was fiction, I easily slipped between the pages becoming totally invested in the lives of these two unforgettable characters. “Wild Seed” touches on many interesting themes — love, loyalty, trust, betrayal, power, immortality. It is a great read. I highly recommend it!

“Hugo and Nebula award–winning author Octavia E. Butler’s sweeping cross-century epic places her “among the best of contemporary SF writers” (Houston Chronicle).

If you’ve read “Wild Seed” drop me a line or two and let me know what you think.

Chat with you later!

Catherine

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