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In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future

Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.
 
When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

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Parable of the Sower
Average rating
4.4 / 5
90s Post Apocalyptic Mold Breaker
October 28th, 2015
Post-apocalyptic stories have gotten too cliche for me. I didn't realize Parable of the Sower would be post-apocalyptic (or at least apocalyptic) when I picked it up, but it turned out much better than the stuff that gave me burn-out. Still, I'm trying to figure out what exactly sets it apart. There's economic collapse, strong prepper themes, and people struggling to survive when so many others have yielded to baser instincts. There's a made-up religion, though not a supernatural one. It's more belief about survival born out by the life of the protagonist, Lauren. Her conviction that any sort of an actual god doesn't make sense drives her, while she creates a god out of change at the same time. Not a being, but a concept. Then there's the element that makes the story stand out — hope. Lauren gathers people around her not so much because Earthseed (her religion) is such an amazing thing, but because she's a good and charismatic leader, and because she is contagiously hopeful. Earthseed is named such partly because she dreams of humanity going to the stars. Her fellow travelers say that's ridiculous, but I see them catching that hope subconsciously and following her because of it. All this is tied together by Octavia Butler's masterful writing. She found the way to write that pulls complex themes and issues together with plot and character in a deceptively easy-to-read story. I'll definitely be reading more from her.
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