Monday, April 08, 2013

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

In the not so distant future, Lauren Olamina lives with her family behind a wall in a small neighborhood of a dozen or so households. Civilization has deteriorated into a lawless state and the wall is the only thing allowing this small conclave of humanity a chance to live in relative peace.

Lauren knows the fragility of this existence cannot continue and secretly assembles a survival backpack in case the wall is breached and chaos comes tumbling through. At the same time she develops the beginnings of a new religion in the pages of her journal. She calls the religion Earthseed, with its main precept being “God is Change.”

 When Lauren is forced away from her home, she bands together with other wanderers towards the north and the hope of a better life.

Take a turn with  Parable of the Sower and travel along with a classic dystopian novel that pre-dates the more recent popularity of The Hunger Games, The Road and the like. If you enjoy this first book, the story continues in  Parable of the Talents.

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