Parable of the Sower- Octavia E Butler

Let’s read some science fiction to escape the world! Only this story is set in 2026 where climate change has ravaged the Americas. Oh.

Powerful and hugely impactful, this is a violent, disturbing book. It’s like J G Ballard but with tons more empathy. What’s interesting is how the main character views the situation as a slide back, drawing parallels to horrific aspects of history like slavery or war. Recommended, but not an easy read.

5 things to steal

  • Effects of climate change are there but never explicitly explained.
  • Hope, despite everything.
  • Empathy for everyone, even those who steal and murder.
  • Things falling apart fast.
  • Situation and challenges overwhelming but carrying on anyway.

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