"A new Octavia Butler novel is an exciting event...She is one of those rare authors who pay serious attention to the way human beings actually work together and against each other, and she does so with extraordinary plausibility." Locus
Book Three of the Xenogenesis Series
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Child of the Earth and stars, Jodahs can shapeshift, heal
the maimed, cure cancer, create contagion with every breath,
or mutate the ground with a touch. Jodahs is an ooloi, a
being beyond gender, born with the alien Oankali power to
mix pure DNA within its body. But the child is also the
first ooloi born to a human mother, and its destiny is
unknown. The future of both humans and Oankali rests in one
young being's successful metamorphosis into adulthood.
Jodahs can become a mad, living plague -- or a bridge of
peace. Its challenge is to reconcile its galactic heritage
of gene trading with the rage of a people facing a
terrifying dilemma. For human children will inherit the
universe only if they lose all that which makes them human.
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