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Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2018
As I was reading The Parable of the Sower, I had to stop and look up when this book was written. I thought that perhaps Octavia Butler had written it in response to Trump, Pence, and Bannon, but it turns out she died well before they came into the political spotlight. I typically read fiction to briefly escape from reality, but reading a dystopian novel while feeling vaguely like I could be living through the beginning of a dystopian novel really does nothing to relieve my anxiety.
That aside, I thought the idea of Earthseed was interesting. I wanted to find out what happened to Lauren and whether she survived.
I wish greater care had been taken in the editing of the book. Perhaps it was just the Kindle version I was reading, I found the amount of typos distracting.