Parable of the Talents

Octavia E. Butler
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Grim Tale of Religion, Power, and Humanity


Parable of the Talents is a worthy sequel to Parable of the Sower. The personal stories of Lauren and her daughter fit together wonderfully to show two very different views of the same society. While parts of the story were painful to read, and it was a pretty depressing story altogether, it was not a story completely devoid of hope. I enjoyed Talents also as an examination of the role of organized religion in society. I've heard that Butler had planned a third novel in the “Parable” series, but, sadly, she passed away in 2006. I think her series feels complete with Talents, but I would have loved to see what the final volume would have contained.

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