Fascination with dystopias may seem a new phenomenon, but it isn’t. Authors have long probed the fear of what might go wrong and, even more importantly, what brave souls can do to keep the worst from happening.
For Lauren Olamina, an 18-year-old in Southern California, the year 2025 is an exercise in ugly survival, and she has it worse than most. In addition to avoiding desperate scavengers and drug-addled rioters, Lauren suffers from hyperempathy, which causes her to feel others’ pain as her own. Written in diary form, Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler offers a thought-provoking and highly readable record of the path she forges not only to discover her own destiny but potentially to offer belief to others.
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"I write about people who do extraordinary things. It just turned out that it was called science fiction." ~ Octavia Butler