Octavia E. Butler – Parable of the Talents


© Goodreads, Gran Central Publishing

publisher: Grand Central Publishing
published: 2000
pages: 464


Lauren Olamina’s love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelation that led Lauren to found a new faith that teaches “God Is Change”. But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat. And soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers — or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny. (Amazon)

In (Very) Short:

+ second part of a duology
+ set in the future with not necessarily always sympathetic characters
+ wonderful writing yet quite graphic at times

My Opinion:

After we follow the main character Lauren Olamina survive in a world, where the government has collapsed, and a society that has reverted to anarchy, she has now found a place to stay with her followers, followers that believe in the religious system that she has developed in her youth. But the peaceful time is short before she and her people have to endure even more horror.

The book was oddly captivating: though the topic and the story was quite brutal and harsh at times and the main characters were unsympathetic and unrelateable to me, I whisked through this novel quite fast after a while. Due to the topic and the graphic descriptions, I had to put the book down for a while, yet once I was emotionally in a good place, I continued and finished quite quickly.

The story was narrated by Olamina and her daughter, thus we followed the story split into two different time lines. Yet neither of the characters was sympathetic or somewhat relateable. I couldn’t connect to either of them as they somehow missed redeeming qualities.

The writing of the author captivated me and made sure I enjoyed the read.

Bottom Line:

It was a good read with wonderful and captivating writing, yet unsympathetic characters and quite graphic instances.


rating 3


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