Parable of the Sower

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Set in a California where civilization has all but broken down and poverty and unspeakable violence is the norm, teenage Lauren Olamina, knowing there must be a better way to live, invents Earthseed, an entirely new religion.
Dystopia in California
Brilliant sci-fi story about a near future set in California in 11 years' time. Terrifying. But with that tiny bit of light at the end of the tunnel that makes you feel things *have to* end well... Yet at times I felt the characters had it too easy,...Continua
Ian Atrus
Wrote 4/29/12
I've been told by just about everyone that I have to read this novel and it's such a masterpiece and so on, but in the end I couldn't quite get into it. There is a good premise and several good ideas, and it's interesting to see a dystopia where the...Continua
Amazing Book
Octavia Butler covers an amazing range of personalities all thrown into a cataclysmic time in the world. Reading this book felt she was the sower giving the world a parable about all the destructive things we're dealing with right now. She deals wit...Continua
Dave Jiang
Wrote 1/28/10
To be honest, I do not like the Earthseed stuff along with the implicit canonization of Lauren in this novel (I almost think of it as a hagiography.) Perhaps I am more skeptical and more prone to satire toward things like that... But other than that,...Continua
Wrote 4/16/08
Parable of the Sower

A beautifully written, compelling, dystopian tale. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

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