Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler)

"The universe is God's self portrait."

"The universe is God's self portrait."

U.S.A. / 1993

Finished Parable of the Sower! This is a really easy book to spoil, so I won't summarize much. What I will say is that I only wish I'd read it sooner. Published way back in 1993, it's wild that most of Butler's speculations about America's future still seem incredibly possible. This book put into words a lot of the feelings I have about human nature, civilization, and the deeply disordered way that we live on this planet. Namely, seeing Lauren's home community insist that things would be fine and that the fires burning outside their gates wouldn't touch them reminded me of how a lot of people prefer to stay tightly wrapped in cushions of delusion. We often have to choose between comfortable delusion or painful truth. I think truth will bring us closer to this earth, to ourselves, and to each other. I don't know what to say to those who don't want to "wake up" and at least just admit when things are not working. I think of things like global warming, the fact that we have to pay for food, and the fact that most of our basic needs have been monetized. In Parable of the Sower, inflation was a key theme; necessities like water were extremely rare and expensive. What else, in our future, will we have to pay for? Air? Love? As you can see, this book made me think. I'm going to read the sequel, for sure. If you haven't read this, please please do yourself a favor and pick it up. 5/5 stars ✨ ✨✨✨✨