An immortal being named Doro has dedicated his life to breeding active telepaths with the dream of creating one who could build him an empire. When his daughter becomes the powerful telepath he’s always desired, she turns out to be more than he bargained for. The story focuses on Mary and Doro, but also dedicates several chapters to the minor characters as well. This allows the reader inside each of their minds, which is exactly where the story takes place.
Octavia Butler beautifully blends realism and idealism in a story that openly addresses racism, poverty, and abuse yet binds it all together with threads of hope. Her explanation of latent telepaths being those who are so sensitive to others emotions that they struggle with daily life is a fascinating perspective on those individuals in our world who fight through horrible situations and can’t seem to find a way out.
They need someone like Mary. A heroine who is strong, fearless, and like them but also willing to do whatever it takes to pull them through their transition to a better life, even if it means risking her own.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes character-driven stories. It’s awesome.