by Octavia E. Butler
Cover Artist: Marc Yankus (photo)
Review by Gayle Surrette
Warner Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0446696161
Date: 02 January, 2007 List Price $13.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Amnesia. There's probably not a reader that hasn't wished they could forget something or somethings in their lives. But, with a true case of amnesia, you don't get to pick and choose what you want to remember and what to forget. So, when Shori wakes in mind-numbing pain, she at first doesn't realize that she doesn't remember her life. All she knows is that she's naked, hungry, in incredible pain, and her head feels mushy to her touch. But an animal wanders into her cave and she manages to kill it, eat it, and sleep. It's a while before the dead animal begins to smell and Shori realizes she doesn't know where she is, how she got there or what to do now. But she knows she must belong somewhere and she sets out to find her place in the world. From official release/information:
From back of book: Shori is a mystery. Found alone in the woods, she appears to be a little black girl with traumatic amnesia and near-fatal wounds. But Shori is a fifty-three-year-old vampire with a ravenous hunger for blood, the lost child of an ancient species of near-immortals who live in dark symbiosis with humanity. Genetically modified to be able to walk in daylight, Shori now becomes the target of a vast plot to destroy her and her kind. And in the final apocalyptic battle, her survival will depend on whether all humans are bigots--or all bigots are human...
(Source: Warner Books)