Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

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The novel revolves around the question of which is more important to Olamina: her fledgling religion or her own flesh and blood.
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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.
 
 

About Octavia E. Butler

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A writer who darkly imagined the future we have destined for ourselves in book after book, and also one who has shown us the way toward improving on that dismal fate, OCTAVIA E. BUTLER (1947–2006) is recognized as among the bravest and smartest of contemporary fiction writers. A 1995 MacArthur Award winner, Butler transcended the science fiction category even as she was awarded that community’s top prizes, the Nebula and Hugo Awards. She reached readers of all ages, all races, and all religious and sexual persuasions. For years the only African-American woman writing science fiction, Butler has encouraged many others to follow in her path.
 
Published July 24, 2012 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy. 434 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Nov 01 1998

The novel revolves around the question of which is more important to Olamina: her fledgling religion or her own flesh and blood.

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Excellent

Sequels are rarely as good as the original, but Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents tops the imaginative vision of her 1994 Nebula Award-nominated outing, Parable of the Sower.

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Good
on Apr 29 2011

It's an interesting book - considering it was written in 1998, much is prophetic (the rise of the Christian Right, for example, and the effects of global warming). It's a thought provoking read.

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Good
on Sep 27 2011

There aren't a lot of sci-fi gimmicks, but it's still solidly sci-fi with social commentary, and the character voices are so vivid you will believe they are real.

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