Review: Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

parable of the talents

I don’t even know how to write this review. If I were doing this properly, it would be a research paper, complete with citations, and filled with arguments and analyses far more illuminating than what I have here. But I’m writing a review for a book review blog. And I’ve just about left behind academia for good, so I’m not obligated to produce anything resembling a research paper anymore. Instead I will humbly attempt to hone in on what makes Parable of the Talents such a stunning, smart, beautiful novel. I feel incredibly fortunate that I chose to read Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents to “officially” delve into Octavia Butler’s oeuvre. I can only hope this review does the book justice.

Parable of the Talents is the story of Lauren Olamina four years after the founding of Acorn, the first Earthseed community. She’s proud of the work that’s been done and eager to spread Earthseed to even more people. No matter the odds, Lauren wants Earthseed to culminate in what she has named the Destiny—in which humanity leaves Earth and ascend to the stars.

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Review: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

parable of the sower

Parable of the Sower is the second novel of Octavia Butler’s that I’ve read, but in some ways it feels like my first. Six years ago, I didn’t understand why Octavia Butler is venerated as one of the best science fiction authors of the twentieth century. Now that I have a bit more practice at reading critically, I can better engage with her exceptionally strong writing and storytelling, and the many thought-provoking themes and ideas she infuses into every page.

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