Parable of the SowerBook - 2000
When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, an empath and the daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny...and the birth of a new faith, as Lauren becomes a prophet carrying the hope of a new world and a revoltionary idea christened "Earthseed".
Chilling and thought-provoking for adult and young adult readers alike, "...there isn't a page in this vivid and frightening story that fails to grip the reader" (San Jose Mercury News).
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From Library Staff
"Parable of the Sower is a dystopian classic of terror and hope-the story of an African American teenage girl trying to survive in an all-too-real future-from the "grand dame" of science fiction, Octavia E. Butler. "
The late Octavia Butler is a godmother of Afrofuturism and of Science Fiction in general. Her "Parable" series delivers biting cultural commentary in the form of a riveting dystopian novel featuring a strong young woman at its center.
Ep 06: Often overshadowed by books like 1984 in terms of terrifying dystopic realities, Parable of the Sower is an incredibly important read in our current political climate.
Lauren is an eighteen year old empath trying to survive in a chaotic near-future. She spreads her philosophy of social reconstruction with a daring goal: find a new home, on Earth or otherwise.
Set in California in the very near future (2025), Parable of the Sower takes place in a world destroyed by social chaos and economic disintegration. Written in diary form, the story follows Lauren Olamina, a teenage girl who has the ability to feel the pain of those around her. After a traumati... Read More »
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Lauren Olamina is part of the generation of children who do not remember the world before. Before the water shortages, and the walled communities, and the drug addicts who burn anything and everything just to watch the flames. Before the California-Oregon border was closed, and Alaska began to talk about seceding. Lauren believes the Earth is dying, and that sooner or later, humanity will have to take to the stars in order to survive. And Lauren means to survive. But how can she convince those around her that they must be ready, that the good times her father and step-mother talk about are never coming back? As the world outside the wall continues to crumble, Lauren hones the philosophy she believes to be humanity’s only hope, becoming the lonely prophet of a new religion born from the ashes of American civilization.
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