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"A brilliant, endlessly rich dystopian novel that pairs well with 1984
or The Handmaid's Tale,
and it's also a fascinating exploration of how crises can fuel new religious and ideological movements."—John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down (praise for Parable of the Sower)
"In the ongoing contest over which dystopian
classic is most applicable to our time, Octavia Butler's 'Parable' books may be
"One of the finest voices in fiction-period . . . A master storyteller,
Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and
lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature."
—Washington Post Book World
"If we're talking must-read authors like Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, the one-and-only Octavia Butler needs be a part of the conversation. The groundbreaking sci-fi and speculative fiction author was a master of spinning imaginative tales that introduced you to both the possibilities -- and dangers -- of the human race, all while offering lessons on tribalism, race, gender, and sexuality."
—O, The Oprah Magazine
"The story of three generations of Olamina women . . . Most touching in
the novel are the friction between
generations, the kinds of faith each generation indulges in, and the new
families that form when traditional ones are splintered."
—Los Angeles Times
"Continues and deepens the story [Butler] began five years ago in Parable of the Sower.
. . Butler's narrative skills are impressive."—New York Times Book Review
"Enthralling...compelling and truly original."
"Impassioned . . . stands out as a testament to the author's enormous
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Brilliant . . . powerful, moving, and beautifully written."
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Splendid . . . provocative . . . a parable that deserves to be
—The Plain Dealer
"[Butler] wrote powerfully, imaginatively, and creatively. The worlds
she built were beautiful, harsh, and grim. Her protagonists were stoic and
inspiring. Despite tackling multiple issues-politics, environment, segregation,
religion, social injustices-her prose was concise. Her stories were powerful
"The Earthseed books are instructional in a way that other apocalypse fictions are not . . . they offer something beyond practical preparations: a blueprint for adjusting to uncertainty."