I argued with myself about reading this book. Did I want to honor Octavia Butler by skipping this one, and always wonder what it was that made her unhappy with her “star-trek” novel? Or would I read it because if I didn’t my completist heart would never rest? Obviously I read it. I liked it. It isn’t my favorite of the series, which is Wildseed, but for me I was always wondering what the lives of mutes or non-psychics/non-clayarks was like among the far more evolved beings. This book helped fill in a few of the gaps, but not all of them. It isn’t as tethered to the patternist world (for many reasons) as the rest of the books, but I also thought that about clays ark when I read it after Wildseed and Mind of my mind. It just comes at you from another angle. Side note: It did take a bit of work, and googling, to get the PDF on my kindle, but totally worth it!
I am never disappointed with Octavia Butler's books and Survivor tops in one of my favorites. Octavia did good world and community building on another planet, and I felt myself immersed in the alien worlds and communities. Octavia should have allowed continued printing of Survivor because Survivor was a good story that explained more of and added to the Patternist series.
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