Humans came very close to wiping themselves out in a nuclear war, but the survivors were saved by the Oankali, for a price. The Oankali are determined to interbreed, and in a single generation there will be no more humans. Through the eyes of aliens, and by comparison, Butler gives a deeply insightful look at what it means to be human.
Really interesting tale of psychology, adaption, and evolution, all wrapped up in an alien invasion and conquering through genetic manipulation. I'm not a fan of really "hard" science fiction. I get lost in the science part ;) However, this book doesn't go so far into science "fact" and remains well based in the "fiction". Well worth reading and is a book you'll probably end up thinking about afterwards, even if you didn't think you would. I read this for a literature class at university and kept it afterwards. I've re-read it several times and have now somehow ended up with two copies, so I'm passing one on.
Very interesting view of human-alien interaction.
Interesting book. A new human/alien concept.
Great book for the Sci Fi lover. A must read when I was in college, but I really enjoyed it later in life. The story of gray aliens and their interaction with humans.