Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Bloodchild was my introduction to the works of Octavia E. Butler. After I was recently told I should really try her books, I came across this short story which has won all the prizes and was free on Amazon. Since it was short, I immediately squirmed it in with my other readings.

Two things that really stood out for me where on the one hand the worldbuilding. Within only 31 pages there is an entire world created and touched upon so many of the details of this world that I was awed by this achievement. Next, I also liked the writing, it was pleasant to read and it shows of a great skill.

The story itself however, I enjoyed reading less. It was thought-provoking for sure, but a pleasant read? Not so sure.

I will nevertheless look into her other works – since I would like to see more of that worldbuilding and writing.

Bloodchild – Octavia E. Butler

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