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By Octavia Butler

Shori wakes up in a cave not remembering anything about herself or her life. She realizes that she is recovering from extremely grave injuries, including severe burns and gunshot wounds, and that she is hungry. Upon recovering enough to leave the cave, Shori finds the nearby site of a small community, destroyed by fire and a gun battle, from which she must have escaped. Through subsequent experiences finding nourishment and interacting with humans, Shori learns that she is a vampire. She must use her skills, her fragmented memory, and human help to find vampire role models, and figure out how to live as a vampire, and with vampires and human symbionts. While learning about herself, her history, and her family, Shori has to keep herself and her human and vampire family members from being killed. She is determined to find out who is trying to kill her and her family and why, and bring the killers to justice.

Fledgling is available on the Second Floor of the Drexel Library.

The Library also owns three other books by Octavia Butler: Kindred, Bloodchild and other stories, and Parable of the Sower.