Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents

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Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel: The powerful and compelling sequel to the dystopian classic Parable of the Sower

Lauren 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.

Taking its place alongside Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale , Butler's eerily prophetic novel offers a terrifying vision of our potential future, but also one of hope.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author's estate.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9781453263624
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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scribby
Apr 06, 2017

In this quasi-science fiction novel, the author of “Kindred” spins a dark tale about survival in a near-future American dark age. The protagonist is one of the founders of a new religion (who sees it as the only way to make people to cooperate so they can rebuild the country and eventually migrate to the stars); the brutal antagonists are fanatical thugs from a fascist regime who call themselves Christian. (One of their slogans, mentioned early in the book but not revisited, is “Make America great again”, though the book was written in 1995.) It all makes for good reading. The characters, settings, and the tenets of the new religion all sound as though they could be real. However, I was disappointed that, except in a couple of furtive hints that don’t lead anywhere, the logical third option is never entertained: a Christian denomination which opposed the thuggery, supports education and betterment of society, and is actually based on the teachings of Jesus. Or perhaps, drawing from the parable in the title, the whole story is allegorical. Maybe there will be a sequel dealing with that third option, though it will have to be by another author: Ms. Butler died in 2006.

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athena14
Jan 26, 2015

Disappointing sequel to Sowers. The Earthseed lyrics became cliched new-age affirmations. I am a lesbian and the homophobic preacher made me close this book early.

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Incarnadine
Feb 21, 2012

This book is the sequel to Butler's speculative fiction classic, Parable of the Sower. Lauren Olamina's spiritual philosophy, called Earthseed, flowers, yet it cannot answer the question of how the collision of powerful beliefs, family, and cataclysmic events will turn out.
A book with lean, powerful prose, and some surprising developments! This book shifts between points of view, and has a change in focus from the first one.

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AmyS
Apr 12, 2011

A sci-fi classic! I would definitely read these again, considering buying them. Great story in a post-apocalyptic setting.

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Dec 22, 2012

Blue_Parable_Eagle thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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