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After so much build-up, the ending is kind of abrupt too - the climax comes late in the book.
Mary Doria Russell's THE SPARROW presents a very compelling dilemma - if one puts absolute faith in God, will God be kind.
I would never usually read a science fiction book but My mother's book club found it and she highly recommended it to me.
This disquieting novel can be read on different levels, first as a sci-fi/adventure novel about inter-galactic space travel to the planet Rakhat, centering on Jesuit Father Emilio... Read morePublished 1 day ago by retiredandlovinit
Whether you're religious or not, the Sparrow forces you not to confront the what and the how of exploration and progress, but the why. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ryan
I recently finished re-reading both The Sparrow and Children of God. I was mesmerized with the books when I read them 15-20 years ago. Read morePublished 3 days ago by S. Carpenter
I don't usually like "sci-fi" but this was a deeply engaging and scary book. I found the plight of the Father who believed in God, followed that belief to another world,... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Richard N. Hatch
Loved this book. It gave me much to think about theologically as well as morally. Not an easy read, but well worth it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Theresa G. Wright
This book ripped my guts out and painfully stuffed them back in. I read it about 8 years ago, and I want to read it again, but not yet. Not yet. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Natassia
Stunning. You get swept up in this world and feel all of their triumphs and disasters within your heart and soul. Any Scifi fan out there must read this book.Published 18 days ago by Margaret Ferguson-Wagstaff
The story is looking for something deeper and takes a long time getting there. The characters are well developed and interesting, the story is what's slow.Published 24 days ago by Hank Acker
This book broke my heart and expanded my mind. Both this book and the sequel (children of god) are two of my favorite books. I can't describe the plot, you need to experience it. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Stephanie Olvera