CLAY'S ARK • Octavia Butler
Saint Martin’s Press / 1984
Hardcover / Book Club Edition / 186 pages

In a “haunting, apocalyptic, compelling” near future, one man and his daughters must stop an alien virus from becoming a deadly global epidemic (Essence).
Blake Maslin and his two daughters are driving to Flagstaff when bandits swarm their car. At gunpoint, the marauders kidnap one of Blake’s children, promising to keep her safe in return for medical care. Warily, the doctor goes with them, not realizing that he has just taken the first step down a terrifying path that will consume his life. The gunmen take him deep into the desert, to a colony of people infected with a gruesome alien disease. It causes weakness, sallow skin, and birth defects so horrible that the children who suffer them cannot rightly be called human. The victims have quarantined themselves in the desert lest their illness spread and doom mankind. But as their willingness to accept isolation falters, Blake becomes the last hope for the survival of an uncontaminated Earth.

︎ Condition note: This is a used book in Good condition / rubbing to cover / some chipping to dustjacket edges. Binding is square and tight / interior pages are bright and free of any markings or underlinings. Book comes wrapped in protective mylar. 
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