Parable of the Sower


This first Earthseed novel by ground-breaking writer Octavia E. Butler feel like a prophetic nod to our current world.

If there is one thing scarier that a dystopian novel about the future, it’s one written in the past that has already begun to come true ~ Gloria Steinem

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Parable of the Sower

All that you touch, You change.

All that you change changes you.

The only lasting truth Is change.

God is change.

When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions.

Precocious and clear-eyed, Lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores. But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith . . . and a startling vision of human destiny.

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