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Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of ‘otherness’ and questions what it means to be truly human. The first science-fiction novelist to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship Genius Grant and ‘grand dame of science fiction’, Octavia E. Butler will captivate fans of Colson Whitehead, Neil Gaiman and Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me.

‘[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human’ New York Times

‘A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature’ The Washington Post

Shori wakes up in wilderness with extensive injuries and no memories. As she recovers, the realisation that she has very unhuman needs and abilities leads to a shocking conclusion: Shori is a 53-year-old vampire.

To have a future, she must unravel her past … because the people that nearly killed her haven’t given up.

What readers are saying about FLEDGLING:

‘An amazingly evocative book. The story stays with you long after reading

‘Such a fascinating story. Butler is a very keen observer of human nature

‘An innovative insight into what it is to be alive and how to become our best selves


Few writers in our field are so good at blending potato-chip page-turners with nutritious philosophical questions so seamlessly
Cory Doctorow
Butler has a reputation as a master for good reason ... gripping