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Octavia E. Butler, the grande dame of science fiction, writes extraordinary, inspirational stories of ordinary people. Parable of the Sower is a hopeful tale set in a dystopian future United States of walled cities, disease, fires, and madness. Lauren Olamina is an 18-year-old woman with hyperempathy syndrome--if she sees another in pain, she feels their pain as acutely as if it were real. When her relatively safe neighborhood enclave is inevitably destroyed, along with her family and dreams for the future, Lauren grabs a backpack full of supplies and begins a journey north. Along the way, she recruits fellow refugees to her embryonic faith, Earthseed, the prime tenet of which is that "God is change." This is a great book--simple and elegant, with enough message to make you think, but not so much that you feel preached to. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Butler's first novel since 1989's Imago offers an uncommonly sensitive rendering of a very common SF scenario: by 2025, global warming, pollution, racial and ethnic tensions and other ills have precipitated a worldwide decline. In the Los Angeles area, small beleaguered communities of the still-employed hide behind makeshift walls from hordes of desperate homeless scavengers and violent pyromaniac addicts known as "paints" who, with water and work growing scarcer, have become increasingly aggressive. Lauren Olamina, a young black woman, flees when the paints overrun her community, heading north with thousands of other refugees seeking a better life. Lauren suffers from 'hyperempathy," a genetic condition that causes her to experience the pain of others as viscerally as her own--a heavy liability in this future world of cruelty and hunger. But she dreams of a better world, and with her philosophy/religion, Earthseed, she hopes to found an enclave which will weather the tough times and which may one day help carry humans to the stars. Butler tells her story with unusual warmth, sensitivity, honesty and grace; though science fiction readers will recognize this future Earth, Lauren Olamina and her vision make this novel stand out like a tree amid saplings.
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I love everything I've read by Octavia Butler. She was a genius who died far too young. Happily before she died, she produced numerous books that deal with a highly speculative... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Clayperson13
In this book a young black woman lives in a world full of chaos and fear. It's not much different from this world. I hope our country won't get this bad. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Akemi
I love this protagonist! She's smart, owns her own life and destiny. The depictions of LA as the civilized world crumbles are chilling and realistic. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michele Thornton
I'm not a particular "post apocalyptical" genre fan. This book was hard for me to get started. However, I couldn't quite write it off and soon I found myself hooked. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Pandichen
Octavia Butler is gaining the recognition now that she deserved during her lifetime. "Parable of the Sower" is a near-future believable dystopian survival novel at its... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
What a powerful book. This and the sequel are amazing. They characters are wonderful and their journey is...wow!Published 16 days ago by Stephen Sanders
This is a great emotional book about survival. Definetly in my tip five.Published 18 days ago by V. Brooks
Octavia Butler is one of the most interesting SciFi writers of the past 20 years. She combined an urban, African-American sensibility with classic, complex science fiction... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Cambridge JD
I feel like this book accurately depicts the future state of America. The downfall of the government, the droughts in California. A really great read. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Shameika Ansley