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It did not need stock bad guys or good guys to make it a success.
In The Sparrow, Russell's primary focus was to deal with the great dilemma that Emilio is facing, his struggle to love a God who allows him to go through such pain.
Strong character development, very interesting plots on the alien world, and an extremely satisfying ending.
A third mission to Rakhat is planned, including poor, abused, traumatized Father Sandoz. Meanwhile, the aliens are in turmoil over the last human visit. Read morePublished 4 days ago by John Lawson
Absolutely enthralling. Mary Doria Russell had me hooked from the moment I began The Sparrow. Children of God felt like dessert that was not entirely necessary, but so damn good. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Alexandra
Poor by comparison to The Sparrow. Way too much 'explaining', not enough 'showing'. Complicated back story and infilling that was boring and did not forward the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MizzNizz
I enjoyed this sequel to The Sparrow even more than I loved the first book. The imagination, world-building, characters and their interactions, alien languages created, etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Locicero
The follow up to the Sparrow is just as good. I was sad when these books were finished. Russell is a great story teller.Published 1 month ago by Larry Bauer
This is a wonderful story with characters I truly cared about. One of the top 10 books I've ever read. I recomend this book to everyone!Published 1 month ago by Janan Hashim
This story is so relevant to us who want simple answers and assurances that we will be protected and will not suffer if only we stay on the right path. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. warner