Dawn by Octavia Butler is a story about Lilith’s abduction and different Awakenings. Before her abduction she lead a life on Earth, that is until it was destroyed in a nuclear war. Lilith was ‘saved’ by the Oankali.  During these Awakenings she meets her captors and is made to learn their culture and language and also teach them hers. Through out she has a difficult time dealing with some of their differences, inculding the inclusion of  a third gender,  ooloi.  The Oankali’s main goal for having Lilith and the other humans on their ship is first to breed with them and make a sort of hybrid race, second to show them how to adjust to Earth’s new climate after the effects of the war.

The story outlines more than just a War of the Worlds kind of vibe. There are the issues  she has with Jdahya’s outward appearance which she really has no rational reason to dislike, it is just something unfamiliar, as well as the notion that the Oankali bred the humans that they abducted while they were asleep for 250 years without their consent or knowledge.  This raises the issue of rape and bodily autonomy as well, from both sides. The use of the human’s body’s to develop more of them because there apparently “was not enough” is troubling because that is a huge burden to put on a body as well as needing to take the actual DNA from each parent. The human men also see Lilith as a threat, constantly disrespecting her.

The Oankali are upset by the human’s instinct for violence and disrespect.  It really is a testament to human nature because violence and destruction is what got them into this situation in the first place. If there was no nuclear disaster to save them from the humans probably would not be in this situation to begin with.


Octavia Butler’s Dawn is a sci-fi novel that deals with humans being prepared by extraterrestrials to live on earth again following nuclear war. What is particularly striking about this book is the approaches to sex that Butler takes with her extraterrestrials. She has beings called ooloi that are not male or female. In fact, when Lilith, the protagonist of the novel, expresses confusion over the ooloi’s gender, it tells her that “it is wrong to assume that I must be a sex you’re familiar with” (11). This issue of human confusion over the ooloi’s sex is a recurring theme within the novel. Much later, when Lilith has contact with another human being for the first time since Awakening, he tells her that “when they woke me up, I thought the ooloi acted like men and women while the males and females acted like eunuchs” (87). Unlike Lilith, this character insists on gendering the ooloi within a human binary, and the contrast is very interesting. Lilith finds his actions to be foolish and willfully ignorant. In fact, she has an argument with her partner Joseph later on after he refuses to accept the ooloi’s sex, telling him that “we need to know them for what they are!” (170) Overall, I found the inclusion of and fight for a third sex to be a very interesting choice, especially for a book written in the 1980s. It illustrates how sci-fi is a prime means of exploring concepts beyond the expectations of western society, including when it comes to gender.

Dawn by Octavia Butler

This week we read Dawn by Octavia Butler. This story is a science fiction tale about confrontation and the mixing of two cultures through war, gender, race, isolation, and more. Within the story, there are the humans who are in a deep sleep and there are the extraterretrials called the Oankali. A war has destroyed the Earth and has killed most of the population. the Oankali transport the remaining survivors to their spaceship, which is very much alive, where they observe the humans for about two hundred and fifty years. During this observation period, they being to understand that human nature is flawed and the humands have the ability to desrtroy any plant or world that they live on. Because of this, they deny the humans the ability to reproduce on their own, but they are willing to use the humans in their own mating to remove any human flaws, which will end up creating a new life-form.

The main character, Lilith Iyapo, is introduced and is in an isolation room for much of the first part of the book, “Womb.” Her room has a bed, table, and bathroom, and she is fed bland foods from edible bowls. After being Awakened, Lilth has to learn to get rid of her past human prejudices. With this task, she is introduced to one of the Oankali – Jdahya. Lilth explains him to be like a weird sea creature with a reptilian exterior. Jdahya does not have eyes or a nose like humans, and also has “sensory arms,” which are used to help feel emotions.

Once she gets to know him and understand the Oankali ways, she goes out of her isolation room with him and meets his other family members. One important family member is Nikanj, Jdahya’s son and is an ooloi. Nikanj is a member of a third gender that can heal illnesses and genetic defects, as well as link mates for sexual pleasure and reproduction. In the second part of the book, “Family,” Lilth oversees and helps Nikanj through its metamorphosis. During this time, she becomes even closer to it and eventually becomes one of its mates.

During the third and fourt parts of the book, “Nursery” and “Training Floor,” Lilth must select forty humans to Awake and train to understand the Oankali, much like Jdahya did when they first met. As she is selecting the forty to wake up, there are many disagreements over who is mating with whom and when and how many people are going to be Awoken at a single time. Many of them don’t believe her to even be human anymore since she can grow the walls, heal faster, and is stronger than all of them. Throughout this process, Lilith must persuade them to follow her example and mate with the Oankali. Once all forty are Awake, the Oankali present themselves and pick which mates will be there.

Over time, the Oankali decide that it is time for them to go into the “Training Room,” which has been designed to look just like Earth and look like where they would be returning and placed once it was their time. While they are there, many of the humans do not believe that they are on the ship anymore, but that they really are back on Earth. Several small groups go off into the wild and try to survive on their own. Finally members of the forty convince Lilith to go with him, her mate, Joseph, being the final pull factor. They go out into the wild, but one night, a man named Curt, comes into their camp and attacks them, leaving Joseph dead. The Oankoli interveen the following day, which leaves one of Nikanj sensory arms hanging by a thread and it almost dead. Lilth has to help heal Nikanj by laying next to it and holding its pieces of sensory arms together. Once it is healed, they go back to camp where Nikanj tells Lilth that she is pregnant with Jospeh’s daughter. This greatly surprises Lilth because she believes that she isn’t ready. The book ends with Nikanj and Lilth leaving the training room and heading back to “home” somewhere on the ship.


Octavia Butler’s Dawn is a science fiction tale of war and isolation, gender, sexuality, race, and allegory. Lilith Iyapo, the main character, awakens to find herself upon a “living ship” just outside the moon’s orbit, two hundred and fifty years after the vast majority of human life was destroyed through nuclear war. She has been rescued — kidnapped? — by the Oankali, an alien race who have decided to rehabilitate the earth and any human survivors. Lilith has been kept in a kind of stasis pod plant, being “Awakened” for testing and experiments as the Oankali please.

The Oankali are covered in sensory tentacles instead of hair or eyes/noses/ears and have three sexes: male, female, and ooloi, who are the only sex with the capability for reproduction. The ooloi, who are referred to with “it/its” pronouns, use this capability to manipulate their own and others’ genetic material and create offspring. However, Lilith is confused and upset by the existence of a third sex and by the Oankali’s appearance. The Oankali’s main goal in waking Lilith up is to interbreed with humans and create a type of hybrid race — she believes this will be forced, and almost resigns herself to it at one point. Lilith’s physical and mental strength are enhanced after she is woken for the last time and she is trained to wake up other humans on the Oankali ship, with the express purpose of making them trust the Oankali and eventually go back to Earth.

As the book progresses, Lilith develops a relationship with one of the ooloi at the same time as she is supposed to be leading 40 other humans to recolonize the earth. She has mixed feelings about both, and rightfully so. Human flaws are easily recognized – selfishness, violence, etc., but the Oankali, and especially the ooloi at times, have their problems too. They have little regard for bodily autonomy or consent and have kept the human survivors in solitary confinement for literal decades.

As the humans train for recolonization, they become violent and aggressive, lashing out at each other. They are xenophobic towards the Oankali, who are manipulative and controlling. The humans are treated like livestock for breeding, like lab animals for experimentation, and like pets for amusement. They are given no choice in what has happened to them, and what the Oankali have done to them in terms of genetic modification and manipulation is easily compared to eugenics. Lilith’s family is said to be prone to cancer, and between two of her Awakenings, she developed a tumor which her body was taught to “re-absorb” by an ooloi. The very biochemistry of these humans’ bodies has been irreversibly changed in the name of experimentation. At the end of the book, we find out that Lilith has been impregnated against her will, in a way she thought would not happen, and because of the psychological adaptation and coercion she has been subject to, she does not leave the Oankali. She stays – for the survival of her species.

Not only are the sex scenes in this book essentially rape (how can Lilith consent when she has been manipulated and coerced over a period of time to believe the Oankali are on her side? That they are trying to help her? That their intentions are good?) but there is an attempted rape by some of the human men. However, this book is about much more than that, or about aliens, or human violence, or nuclear war. It is about slavery and racism, loss and lack of control, the fear of both the unknown and of one’s inner self, and of course, survival of the species. This novel was at once captivating and terrifying, because of the questions it raised, its ambiguous ending, its insinuations that even the most resilient among us can be overpowered, and purely by its content. I enjoy science fiction because although it is literally otherworldly, it forces us to look at ourselves and humans and ask ourselves just how far we would go for something.

Dawn by Octavia Butler

Dawn by Octavia Butler is the first of a collection of three. It’s chapter, in the third person, are dived into the sub stages on Lilith Iyapo’s developmen: WombFamily, Nursery. 

Lilith Iyapo is the main character of this sci-fy novel. awakening 250 years in a post nuclear holocaust type world aboard a(n) (Oankali) ship orbiting the Earth. The Oankali are an lien race that think humans are bad. They attempt to improve the race by joining up with other races; saving races by fulfilling their genetic survival by intermixing with other races. This book content is the majority of her sub consciousness. She has been recruited by the alien race to help transition those into the changing world around her.

–The Oankali’s way of life seems very Darwin-esque. Soon there wont be a “pure race” like Lilith’s or the Oankali’s: by becoming one, they both will survive. This sounds similar of slavery, internment camps, and colonization. Butler seems to be shedding light on the negativity she sees in humanity.

Lilith’s small sub-race has been “saved” by the Oankali from genocide after a racial groups threatens them.

— It is possible that this novel touches on feminist, antiracist, and African national list perspectives. Lilith is a strong-willed,smart, and independent character

–The central theme is the circumstance of a flaw in human nature. The flaw is written as possession of two conflicting characteristics: intelligence and a passion for hierarchy.

I have a hard time finding the drive to read science fiction type novels because, understanding the themes in such a creative and imaginary situation become more and more difficult.



Dawn by Octavia Butler goes into the realm of the destruction of earth as we know it. After human’s destroy must of their world and species, Oankali rescue them and keep them to study and preserve for a “trade” for each of them. Lilith is picked as a leader who will lead the humans back to earth after they use them for reproduction as she is told. She lives among them, specifically with Nikanj, an ooloi who she helps through metamorphosis.

As she begins understanding more of their culture, she starts appreciating and accepting many changes. She easily accepts that ooloi should be called “it” and found “pleasure in the knowledge” and when she meets Paul Titus, she gets upset that he can’t grasp the understanding of a third gender (Butler 47). She realized that sex didn’t determine personality with the oankali just as it doesn’t with humans. She also didn’t understand why it took her so long to accept their looks and realized “different is threatening to most species,” which defines the basis of discriminations within humans (Butler 186).

After she begins to awaken all the humans to take to earth, she starts realizing the flaws within humans. She realized that she appreciated that the ooloi would give her “a moment to think” and realized humans usually didn’t give people a chance (Butler 97). She also appreciated that the ooloi never lied and realized that’s why humans can’t trust each other and always shift blame to answer their questions. Lastly, she was fond of Nikanj because it “never tried to make her change her behavior” (Butler 242).

In the end, Butler questions society as we know it and the flaws we carry. She also allows you to open your mind and become accepting of an alien race although they manipulate, withhold information, and seduce a different species. This novel was interesting, especially the ooloi’s role in sex but did drag and left many questions.


The book we had to read was Dawn by Octavia E. Butler, and it was a lot different then what we have been reading . The majority of everything we have read this semester has been a work of nonfiction because they were discussing true events or had a historical context to them. The book Dawn is a work of fiction because of these events that take place within the book are not necessarily events that could happen, or certain aspects have been made up by the authors imagination.

The setting of this story is in modern times in the beginning but there has been nuclear warfare that has caused earth not to be safe for humans to live on anymore. There were a handful of people that were spared and taken by a group of aliens which brings out one of the fictional aspect to this book even though the survivors are unaware of this until later on in the story, and The rest of the story is taken in the future on the  captures  Spaceship

This book follows the character Lilth Iyapo who is an African American woman who lost her family in the  chaos.  When she awakes in the future she is in a white confined room confused and dazed as to what as happened or where she currently is. Over a course of about 200 years she is in and out of consciousness until she is finally awoken by who took her, and the “aliens” that took her are called oankail. The oankail that woke her was named Jdahya, and he tells her what happened and where she is. Jdahya also tell her that they are planing to repopulate earth because it is being reborn. Jdahya informs Lilth that she is going to train the others because they are the ones who will repopulate the world with the oankail. Lilth is given time to come out of her incloser to see the rest of the oankail and to understand them and to learn some of there ways.

She meets multiple members of this race while she is out learning what she needs to know. Just like she had to learn about the ways of the Oankail, she also had to teach and help an Oankail child transform into an adult and teach them about earth and everything they needed to know about how things worked.
Once Lilth is able to start waking people up she is cautious about who she wakes up first based off of gender. She knows the the news is not going to be taken well and this is the reason behind her choosing to awake a female first verse a male, also her choice has to do with the stereotypical power struggle among the genders.

Once everyone is awake and knows about what has happened and what is to come, of course like most people would react in this case there were those who did not agree with this, and this leads to conflicts among the group. Not only were the people who were awoken confused and weary of what was happening but just like the lack of trust they had for the oankail the people also felt the same way about Lilth.

Throughout the rest of the book it talks about the jorney of the humans and the oankail and also Lilth journey for equality among the races. Over all this was a good opening book to the series. With this being the first book in the series there really is no ending just a point to leave you hanging until the next book.  I’m not really into science fiction, but it did spike my curiosity enough that I want to finish the series.


Lilith Iyapo is a young black woman who wakes up 250 years after a nuclear holocaust on a ship orbiting Earth. The alien Oankali rescued/captured the few remaining humans and begun restoring the planet so it can again be habitable. These higher beings intend to return the humans to Earth. The Oankali are gene traders. They travel the galaxy improving their race by joining up with the races they meet. They’ve saved humanity in order to fulfill their biological need to interbreed. Lilith will be a leader in one of the new human-Oankali communities on Earth. Her children will have fun tentacles, and she has no say in the matter. Lilith reacts to this with more than a little skepticism— – she almost kills herself.

The Oankali manipulate her into training the first group of humans to re-colonize Earth. Lilith is a natural leader, but leading 40 angry, confused and captive humans isn’t easy. Her loyalties are divided: on one hand she wants human freedom, on the other, she comes to respect and even love some of the Oankali. She develops an intimate relationship with one of the Oankali ooloi (third sex). The relationships Butler creates defy categorization. Lilith is both mentor and enemy to the humans, and a lover, captive and defiant apprentice to the Oankali. Neither the humans nor the Oankali make this easier on her. The human community is hateful, violent and cruel. The Oankali are arrogant, careless and have no concept of human rights.

The humans react to the Oankali with xenophobia and violence. Actually they share these tendencies with each other as well. The humans don’t like having a leader who appears to have allied herself with the enemy. The men are particularly threatened by Lilith’s strength and confidence. They beat her and call her a whore. They attempt to rape one of the other women. They respond to Lilith’s Chinese-American boyfriend Joe with bigotry and homophobia. The humans start a war with their alien captors. The Oankali are peaceful, environmentally responsible and relatively egalitarian.

The Oankali don’t have a utopian society. They scold the humans for their deadly combination of intelligence and hierarchical thinking. Yet they constantly violate the rights of their captives, and their society has its own hierarchy among its three genders. Their forced interbreeding program looks a lot like the rape with which the humans threaten each other. Lilith is kept in solitary confinement for two years with no knowledge of who her captors are. When she’s released she has no control over her life. She is denied contact with other humans for a long time. At first the Oankali won’t allow her writing materials or access to some written human records they saved. And she discovers that they have destroyed the few ruins of human society, so humanity can “begin anew” with the Oankali. This sounds a lot like colonialism, slavery, internment camps … take your pick. If Butler is showing her negativity about humanity, she’s doing it allegorically through the Oankali as much as she is directly through the humans.

While Lilith doesn’t regain her freedom, there is the possibility at the end of the book that the other humans will. Lilith is coerced and manipulated, and her choices are extremely limited (interbreed, death or a solitary life aboard the ship). But she’s an intelligent, creative and strong-willed woman, and she negotiates between poor options. She reluctantly acts as the mediator between the humans and the Oankali. She isn’t willing to be an Oankali pet, but she isn’t willing to revert to caveman society with the humans either. Throughout the novel she demands respect from the Oankali, and works to forge a more equal partnership between the two groups. The book offers no resolution, only that the possibility of transformation and progress exists for both species.

Blog: Dawn

This week’s reading was the book Dawn by Octavia E. Butler. The book follows the journey of Lilith after humans were captured by the extraterrestrial beings called Oankali. They captured the humans to genetically engineer them and then to hopefully let them live back on earth once they have learned to survive the new environment. The book is broken up into four parts. The womb, family, nursery, and training floor. The captors held her in a cubicle and asked her many questions about her. They would put her to sleep for days, months, or years at a time and each time she woke up signified an Awakening. Lilith discovers a long scar across her abdomen that she acquired between her second and third awakening. She wondered what had been done to her, had she lost anything, gained anything, and why it was done. Lilith was one of few English speakers who never considered that she was taken by extraterrestrials. One time she woke up with a boy and they taught each other their native languages and songs but on her next Awakening, the boy was gone.  Her next Awakening was with a strange creature that wanted to take her outside to begin a new life. She is talking to the creature, Jdahya, about what is happening and asking questions when she states that she wants to see Sharad, the boy she was with during one of her Awakening. The ooloi are the “doctors” of the Oankali, they are neither male nor female and had studied dead and dying bodies to figure out what is normal and abnormal in the human body. They were the ones who gave Lilith the scar because she had cancer which they had to treat through inducing the body to reabsorb the cancer. Once Lilith was able to lose the fear of being near Jdahya, she was able to go out and see its family. Lilith was to live with Jdahya and its family to learn and work. This would allow her to teach and help a small group of humans on how to deal with Oankali and how to survive when they go back to earth. She was going to teach the group survival skills, how to live in a forest, build their own shelters, and raise their own food. They will be given tools, food, and simple equipment until they are able to make and grow them on their own. The three groups of the Oankali are the Dinso who stay on earth and leave generations from now, the Toaht who leave in this ship, and the Akjai who leave in the new ship.

The second part is about Lilith being with her new family. The ooloi bring Lilith to see Sharad who was in a green oblong plant. The ooloi had to massage the plant with its sensory arms for it to open.  The plant is where the humans are kept and the plant is able to keep them young and well. Lilith meets Nikanj, who is a child, and it is going to replace Jdahya. Lilith hoped for human interaction and thought of herself as an experimental animal. Nikanj was more demanding about learning and teaching each other than Jdahya was. Part of the Oankali teachings was to keep Lilith ignorant and they wanted her to prefer Nikanj over Jdayha. Lilith begged for writing materials so she could remember all that Nikanj was teaching her about Oankali but they refused to give them to her. Nikanj had to drug Lilith to be able to make a tiny alteration in her brain chemistry so she can remember better. When she woke up, she was able to respond to Nikanj in Oankali without having to think about it. Also, Lilith learns more about the bodies of the Oankali and how their arms protect their sensory organ, sensory hand. Now that Lilith has an eidetic memory, Nikanj starts searching for an English speaking human. He finds Paul Titus who was awakened young and kept awake because he was willing to stay with his Toaht family. Paul tells Lilith how the Oankali use them to created more humans while they were asleep. Titus wanted Lilith but she refused so he pushes her to the ground and kicks her until she is unconscious. Titus is this way because he was captured as a boy and has never been with a women so he was frustrated when Lilith would not be with him. When she awoke after this encounter she had the ability to open the walls in the ship.

The nursery was all about meeting other humans and interacting with them. Lilith was looking through folders of humans to choose potential allies to teach to bring to earth. She had to be strategic in who she awakens and when she awakens them. She decided not to wake up men first so they do not over power her. She choose to awake Tate first because she was least likely to kill her, least likely to fall apart, and most likely to helps others as they are awakened. She started to awaken two people every two days and was no longer worrying about men but she did awaken more women in hope to minimize violence. Nikanj thought that Joseph and Lilith were very similar so he offered them the opportunity to each other but they decided to choose each other. The Oankali made Lilith strong and fast which was supposed to help her get as many humans as possible back to earth. The humans were starting to gather against Lilith and the Oankali.

The training floor was about putting what they have learned to see if they can survive on earth.  The training floor was made to look earthlike with blue sky, clouds, muddy ground, wide rivers, and tree lines. The humans will explore and see for themselves that they are in a forest that is on an island. Lilith knows that this is an illusion but she knows that the other humans believe that this is earth. The humans have to learn how to feed and shelter themselves in the environment so they are self-sustaining. Once this is accomplished, the Oankali will take them to earth and let them go. If the humans can adapt and are nonviolent then they will be allowed to go to Earth. Lilith began showing the group how to make shingles, determine the best trees to cut, and how to build a cabin on stilts. The Oanklai provided them will tools and food but now they have to learn how to cultivate their own gardens. People started to leave the settlement and Tate asks Lilith to come with her group. Joseph convinces Lilith to leave with them. Lilith believes this is the final test, people leave the camps when they are ready, live the best they can, and if they are able to sustain themselves then they can go to earth. Lilith only left the settlement because Joseph wanted her there and because he wanted to explore the environment they were in. Lilith tells the groups to settle by the river and create shelter and then to search for others the next day. Curt and his people find them and he hit Lilith on the head breaking out a fight. Lilith is knocked unconscious and woke up alone. Lilith decides to go back to the settlement to get the Oankali for help. Nikanj led her to Joseph who is dead. Curt thought that Joseph was not human so he killed him with the ax. The Oankali found the camp where Curt and his group are staying. The Oankali warns the others that if they kill like Curt then they will leave the training room and be placed in a Toaht family for the rest of their lives meaning they will not go back to earth. A fight breaks out between the humans and the Oankali. Nikanj is severely wounded and needs to be healed by Lilith. Once Nikanj is healed, it informs Lilith that she is pregnant with Joseph’s child through his sperm not print. Lilith argues that her child will be a thing not a human but Nikanj informs her that Ahajas is also pregnant. Its child will also be her and Joseph’s child. Lilith realizes that she will not return to earth now and is devastated but Nikanj informs her that she will be able to come back to the training floor with the next human group to teach them as well.



Post 10; Dawn

After nuclear warfare destroyed Earth and its inhabitants, Lilith Iyapo woke up in a room on a platform bed again for the fourth time. After this awakening though, she meets one of her captors-rescuers-for the first time. Lilith describes it as a large sea slug and goes by the name Jdahya[will be referred to as JD]. After meeting JD and when she is able to talk and touch it without being repulsed to intently Lilith is able to finally leave the room she stayed in and go outside on the ‘ship’ where she had been staying for 250 years since the end of the war. From there, she meets JD’s family and learns how to live among them. After time has passed and she has grown accustom to them, she is sent to teach other humans who had been kept-saved-on the ship so that they may be returned to the newly healed Earth. Dawn by Octavia E. Butler looks at the new life and revelations of Lilith as she meets the extraterrestrial and humans she is meant to teach.

Lilith’s strong and innate fear of JD, an Oankali, is unexplained but it is like a true an intense form of xenophobia. She is unable to look at him for most of the time they are in the cell together. When she is able to finally do so and is let out, Lilith is dependent of JD because she does not know anything. From him, Lilith learns of her purpose on the ship and what the ship is. The living ship is home to the Oankali and the ooloi. Broadly they are split into three groups; Dinso who will stay on earth with the humans, Toaht who stay on the ship, and later the Akjai who will leave on a new ship. JD’s family unit consist of his wife Tedin, their mate and ooloi Kahgutaht[Kat], and their child Nikanj[Nik]. While staying with the group she had to teach Nik all she knew about earth and being human. In return Nik would teach her about Oankali and ship life to prepare Lilith to be Nik’s companion. Nik, who was in their childlike stage depended on Lilith to help it through the change into adulthood. Which was why Lilith was placed with Nik. Lilith relationship to the group changes over time as she grows accustomed to her new existence and purpose. From the beginning she had been conditioned in a way to depend on the Oankali for everything. From the first meeting with JD to her dependency on Nik, extended to Kat sometimes, to keep her alive. This reflects on the Oankali because of their dependency on humans to keep the species alive and evolving. Lilith had a hard time coping with her new existence and in letting go with her past.

Of Lilith’s experiences on the ship before she had to Awaken other humans in a way helped her when the time came. She was given a change so she could learn quicker and communicate with Nik much easier. One of the things Lilith really wanted, and felt she needed to do, was talk to another human on the ship. There were humans who had stayed on the ship when they were awaken or first brought on that lived within the group families. The first human Lilith met after her own Awakening and move into the family was Paul Titus. Paul had practically grown up on the ship when he was awaken at the age of 14 sometime before Lilith. The meeting with Paul was not what Lilith was hoping for because he tried to rape her but was stopped. The reaction by Paul was caused because though he had grown physically he was still mentally a young teen who could not process or had an interaction with another human his whole life. This was not evident to the Oankali for they did not know much about humans and were studying them. Sometime later it was time for Nik to change into and adult and leave the home of its parents with Lilith. After this and time later Lilith had to start waking people.

The way Lilith wanted to choose people was simple. Whoever would not kill her or freak out and those who would be helpful when she had woken other people. Gender was a big them in this section of the book because Lilith was worried that if she woke a male first they would either be violent or Lilith would become attached to them because she had not seen a male in so long, beside Paul. The first person she chose to awake was a young woman named Tate. In awakening Tate first she made sure she was able to understand what was going on and sure she was willing to help her with what needed to be done. As Lilith started to wake more people, there was already disbelief at where they were and who Lilith was. This distrust they have for Lilith was almost similar to how Lilith felt in meeting JD the first time. She had a difficult time in believing what was happening but learned to accept it. As did the newly Awakened people. That being the first group of humans to be Awaken, there were many uncertainties in what would happen and they, Lilith and the Oankali, could only prepare for so much. As she took in more people and the group got larger personalities and opinions grew also. The first interaction Lilith had with Jean Pelerin was over the food they were given. It was after this small fight that Lilith first started to question her humanity and whether she was still considered human. The small factions stated to form because they were bored, scared, and caged. Of those she is able to trust and formed relationships with, Joseph LiChan Shing was the closest to Lilith and the only other human to receive enhanced protection from the boiling anger of the group. He was also the earliest to meet an Oankali, Nik. From each new struggle Lilith had to handle the second largest one was when the opposition group to Lilith tried to forcefully take another female to pair up with. From this fight Lilith had hit multiple people though the Oankali still did not intervene with the humans yet. Not till later when they arrived to connect with pairs or singular people as Lilith did with Nik. The connection between Lilith and Nik was different to the one she shared with Joseph because for her and him it was a human connection after such a long time and not physical in the sense Nik was. After the imprinting sessions were done, the humans were ready to move into the training room to test their skills at surviving on the Earth.

The events of the training room were an escalation of what happened in the previous space. The humans broke off into groups because they thought they were really on Earth and were still afraid and did not trust Lilith or the Oankali. It was here that Lilith felt the most alone and inhuman when next to them because she had something to compare herself to that was not the Oankali and ooloi. While the humans needed the help of Lilith to live and survive in the forest area, they took it without really giving her annoying in return. Those who had earlier sided with her also stated to leave became they could no longer take what had happened to them. Lilith felt the most alone and inhuman after the murder of Joseph by one of the leading opposition groups because he found out about Josephs enhancement. The last sense of human in Lilith leaves with the death of Joseph because he was an anchor of sorts for Lilith after being alone for so long and her previous loss of her son and husband before the war. She almost lost Nik after one of her tentacles was severed. By the end of the book though Lilith still clings to some form of humanity the final loss of Joseph and being left on the ship marked her as different and nonhuman. While the willingness to save Nik in the presence of other humans and her enhancements  also signified her change are her need to reexamine who and what she was and wanted to be defined as when there was no one to compare herself too.