Why this book?
I’ve loved Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower since I was a kid, and if you’re looking for a strangely hopeful book featuring a serious survivor as a main character, pack this in your go-bag. Like all great apocalyptic novels, it’s a careful examination of society’s ills, and racism, and classism as are much of a plague as the actual plague in the novel. As a bonus, it’s one of the rare science fiction novels I encountered during my 90’s childhood that features characters of color.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
The extraordinary, prescient NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling novel.
'If there is one thing scarier than a dystopian novel about the future, it's one written in the past that has already begun to come true. This is what makes Parable of the Sower even more impressive than it was when first published' GLORIA STEINEM
'Unnervingly prescient and wise' YAA GYASI
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