Imago : Xenogenesis

  • by Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by Barrett Aldrich
  • Series: Xenogenesis
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Child of two species, but part of neither, a new being must find his way.
Human and Oankali have been mating since the aliens first came to Earth to rescue the few survivors of an annihilating nuclear war. The Oankali began a massive breeding project, guided by the ooloi, a sexless subspecies capable of manipulating DNA, in the hope of eventually creating a perfect starfaring race. Jodahs is supposed to be just another hybrid of human and Oankali, but as he begins his transformation to adulthood he finds himself becoming ooloi - the first ever born to a human mother.
As his body changes, Jodahs develops the ability to shapeshift, manipulate matter, and cure or create disease at will. If this frightened young man is able to master his new identity, Jodahs could prove the savior of what’s left of mankind. Or, if he is not careful, he could become a plague that will destroy this new race once and for all.

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Customer Reviews

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worth a read

Trilogy worth reading but 3rd book a little underwhelming.

Performance excellent and consistent with previous two installments of the trilogy.
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- Tia

One book too much but still a recommended read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I liked the Xenogenesis saga but, with all due respect for a great writer such as Octavia E. Butler, I found that overall the story could have been told in 2 books.
I found certain parts a bit boring and that they did not really add to the experience.
Overall Xenogenesis is a great story and it's an absolute must for anyone who likes this type of sci-fi (sociological, anthropological with the theme of racism in the background.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Imago?

To learn of the Oankali and to discover how had the author imagined this alien species.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

Anything that had to do with life on the spaceship


If this book were a film would you go see it?

absolutely and not just once


Any additional comments?

Read it, listen to it despite my critique above.

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- an italian in london

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios