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Clay's Ark

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    • Octavia E. Butler
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'A book that shifted my life... Epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant' VIOLA DAVIS on Wild Seed

'Butler's evocative, often troubling novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human' NEW YORK TIMES


Blake Maslin is a doctor. In an alternate America marked by volatile class warfare, he and his twin daughters are taken captive by armed men demanding urgent medical care.

In an isolated desert compound, the family encounter a collective of people suffering from an unknown and deadly disease. They appear sickly yet possess unnatural strength, torn between the dangerous compulsion to infect others or to hold on to their own humanity.

In the following hours, Blake and his daughters each must make a vital choice: risk everything to escape infection and warn the rest of the world, or accept their place in this strange new society.
  • Published: Jan 21 2021
  • Pages: 240
  • 196 x 128mm
  • ISBN: 9781472281029

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Press Reviews

  • Junot Diaz

    One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had
  • Guardian
    Butler's prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision
  • New York Times
    [Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human
  • The Pool
    No novel I've read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential... If you've ever tweeted "All Lives Matter", someone needs to shove Kindred into your hand, and quickly
  • Harlan Ellison
    Kindred is that rare magical artifact . . . the novel one returns to, again and again
  • Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
    One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art
  • BBC
    [A] must-read novel
  • Refinery 29
    Everyone should read at least one novel by the grand dame of science fiction, and Kindred is a perfect (and harrowing and disturbing and brilliant) place to start
  • Tor
    The immediate effect of reading Octavia Butler's Kindred is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it's wimping out... This is a brilliant book, utterly absorbing, very well written, and deeply distressing. It's very hard to read, not because it's not good but because it's so good
  • Kirkus
    A searing, caustic examination of bizarre and alien practices on the third planet from the sun
  • Los Angeles Times
    One of the most original, thought-provoking works examining race and identity
  • Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
    If you haven't read Butler, you don't yet understand how rich the possibilities of science fiction can be
  • Village Voice
    Butler's books are exceptional
  • Cory Doctorow

    Few writers in our field are so good at blending page-turners with philosophical questions so seamlessly
  • Independent
    A dark, compelling and still horribly resonant time travel story
  • Starburst
    Impossible to turn away from once you've devoured the first few pages