Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review: Parable of the Sower

Read: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Stars: Five

Drinking: Pumpkin Spice Chai, Twinings

Parable of the Sower is set in the not- distant, not-too-unlikely future, where global warming, economic collapse, and drugs have come together to ravage the United States.  Lauren Olamina, a teenager growing into a young woman throughout the novel, is determined to create a better future for humanity out of the ashes of civilization.

Although Olamina's new religion is the focus of the novel, it is really a coming-of-age story. She is 15 when she begins her journal about the religion she has been developing and about her survival ideas.  When, at 18, she is finally forced to put her ideas into practice, she is much more aware her apocalyptic world and how it works. The journey that she takes with her friends and followers is where she grows the most however, from an idealistic teenager into a realistic woman who is ready to put her ideas into practice.

Like Kindred, Parable of the Sower introduces uncomfortable ideas about the world we live in and how easily it could all change in less than a generation.