Parable of the Sower

Finished Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler. 

Lauren lives with her dad, stepmom and little brothers in a scary world. The economy has collapsed; between that and global warming, it’s a hard existence. People are routinely robbed, assaulted (beaten, raped or both) and killed. Lauren wants to leave their community but there’s no guarantee that anyplace is better (and every likelihood that it will be worse). Soon, though, she’s got no choice. 

There’s a lot more going on than that, of course. Lauren has some unorthodox religious beliefs (a new religion, really; she calls it Earthseed) and an unusual illness (she can literally feel other people’s pain like it’s her own). 

This book is amazing. It feels so real (and it doesn’t help that it’s set in the near future—it begins in 2024—and while things are much different and worse, it also seems not too unlikely that we could get there from here. 

There is a sequel and I definitely want to read it. 

Highly recommended. 

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