Review – Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

POSTED ON August 30, 2016 BY Tia Jenkins IN Book Review

Review – Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Parable of the Sower

by Octavia E. Butler
Series: Earthseed #1
Published on January 1, 2000 by Grand Central Publishing
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 345
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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, a minister's young daughter, 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.

I was told to read Parable of the Sower by my roommate. I was a little skeptical at first because it was so different from what I usually read, however, it changed my life. This book has so many themes and ideas in it that correspond with so much going on in the world right now that it’s crazy. It causes you to think critically about your beliefs and what you can do to change your situation. The MC, Lauren, is levelheaded, intelligent, and ruthless. We see her struggle with her own problems, but through it all she remains the leader her group needs to survive.

There really isn’t a lot of things I had problems with…in fact, I can’t think of a single thing. So I’m going to talk about all the *good* that this book has because Parable of the Sower deserves the highest praise.

It was realistic. It was so realistic that it was scary. With the way the country is going right now…it’s scary to think that this could happen to us. The greediness of the human race is so strong that it’s only plausible that this is what would happen if our country did go down the drain. And with the United States being one of the strongest countries in the world, our downfall will be one of the worst with other countries trying to lay claim to what used to be ours, which is exactly what happens when a new company, promising job security and room and board, gets created by the Chinese, German, and one other country.

It was heartbreaking. Now I know that this probably shouldn’t be considered a good thing…but the fact that the author could put so many feelings into this book with only her words is amazing. The things that happened in this book were graphic, dehumanizing, and just plain horrible. But We already see things like this happening today and not many people do things to stop it which makes it hit home even more. Especially with the death tolls rising to drastic levels these past few years.

I loved the fact that it was written in a journal form. I would have loved to see things from a few of the other’s perspectives, but the narrator captured their personalities and views very well. She never left anything out, no matter how horrible it was. She was also a very strong main character as well. Despite her hyper-empathy syndrome, which caused her to feel other’s pain and pleasure (but mostly pain), she did what she had to do to survive. She protected her people if it came down to that and she was the backbone of her small group.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a life changing novel, this is definitely it. I am so glad my roommate recommended this book to me and I am so glad I decided to read it for the #ReadThemAllThon. I highly, highly recommend it!

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4 responses to “Review – Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

  1. I just read this book a few weeks ago for my Contemporary Fiction class at my university and I LOVED IT. It was so hard to read sometimes because of the graphic content, but it is well worth it. It’s kind of sad that the series is incomplete, though. I can’t wait to read the second book, although I’ve heard that one gets weirder. Great review!

    • Tia

      So glad you loved it!! 😀 I plan on buying the second book soon and I’ll post a review once I read it! I haven’t heard anything about it other than it’s in the perspective of Lauren’s daughter which might be interesting

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