Parable of the Talents
As America rebuilds itself, bigotry threatens a peaceful havenLauren Olamina was only eighteen when her family was killed, and anarchy encroached on her Southern California home. She fled the war zone for the hope of quiet and safety in the north. There she founded Acorn, a peaceful community... show more
As America rebuilds itself, bigotry threatens a peaceful havenLauren Olamina was only eighteen when her family was killed, and anarchy encroached on her Southern California home. She fled the war zone for the hope of quiet and safety in the north. There she founded Acorn, a peaceful community based on a religion of her creation, called Earthseed, whose central tenet is that God is change. Five years later, Lauren has married a doctor and given birth to a daughter. Acorn is beginning to thrive. But outside the tranquil group’s walls, America is changing for the worse. Presidential candidate Andrew Steele Jarret wins national fame by preaching a return to the values of the American golden age. To his marauding followers, who are identified by their crosses and black robes, this is a call to arms to end religious tolerance and racial equality—a brutal doctrine they enforce by machine gun. And as this band of violent extremists sets its deadly sights on Earthseed, Acorn is plunged into a harrowing fight for its very survival. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.
Publish date: July 24th 2012
Publisher: Open Road Media
Pages no: 434
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, African American
, Speculative Fiction
, Post Apocalyptic
Series: Earthseed (#2)
“We learn more and more about the physical universe, more about our own bodies, more technology, but somehow, down through history, we go on building empires of one kind or another, then destroying them in one way or another. We go on having stupid wars that we justify and get passionate about, but ...
This book is super good. It is brilliant and even more than I was expecting based on the first one. It's more complex than the first in the series, more to think about. And there was a lot for me to think about. It kept me up at night (unusual for a book), thinking about the scenarios in these books...
Octavia E. Butler’s books are not for the squeamish and most certainly not for people who want happy, Hollywood endings. Things work out in the end – but never in a nice neat package. There is always a lot of loss in all of its most painful forms. Her works are very realistic in that matter. In fact...
Really disappointed; I was interested to see what happens to the community they began in Parable of the Sower. But there's 3 different voices in this book, and a lot of talk about the religion of Earthseed, and the actual story never really got cooking for me. Started skimming the daughter and fathe...
I find the daughter of Lauren Olamina to be entirely unsympathetic and unlikable, which makes the power of Butler's writing clear to me. Butler's exploration of slavery, religion and love is, as usual for her, very incisive and not particularly easy reading. What's telling, for me, is how much less ...
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