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Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Laurens father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.When fire destroys their compound, Laurens family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the authors estate.
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ravenlee
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Very good, but not the least bit enjoyable to read, IMO. Which, to be fair, is mostly how I feel about dystopian fiction in general - the present is terrifying enough, I don‘t like to imagine this very possible future! The first 90% is bleak, but some hope shows up toward the end. I don‘t think I could read the sequel. #52books23 #dystopian

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KateReadsYA
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BooksNBowls I really related to Lauren and her desire to find something bigger than herself to be a part of. The themes of religion and classism were really intriguing, and it was eerie how spot on this book was. Hard to believe it came out in the 90s. It definitely wasn‘t what I expected, but I still really liked it! Unfortunately this only felt like part 1. Unfinished, so I think I will finish the series. 4/5 2mo
KateReadsYA @BooksNBowls I read a little into book 2 and it's supposed to be a whole lot going on haha like this one was definitely a setup for book 2! It's pretty crazy that she wrote it in the 90s and were passed 2012 but still battling racism, hunger, and more. The fact that people were still having babies blew my mind lol. 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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4⭐ for writing and world building, this is the mother to most dystopian books we see nowadays.
But on a personal level I didn't enjoy this. It is really dark, and missing the hope that more current books have been able to bring in. I did enjoy it more than the last couple of Pattermaster books which were too violent and focused on "breeding". So I would recommend this more. It is interesting how Lauren is building a cult, I will read book 2.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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JULY 2024.
I should have waited until next year to read this!
It is always interesting to read a dystopian book written decades ago while you are in the future they imagined.

reading.rainb0w This books hits reality too hard, but it's so good! Hope you enjoy! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty nail polish 💅 2mo
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KateReadsYA
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Mehso-so

This is one of those books that has great writing and a good storyline but was a process for me to get through as I felt I was very bored the whole time I was reading it. This is a read perfect for discussions, though, as it talks about a futuristic earth and what it could possibly become. I can't wait to discuss with #whimsicalreads book club at the end of the month.

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KateReadsYA
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Catching a flight to Texas and met the sweetest book lover! She sat next to me and took out her Kindle and I immediately started up a convo in hopes she would want to talk books. Let's just say we didn't read any haha 📚🛩☕️

S3V3N I love when I run into a book lover somewhere. 2mo
5feet.of.fury Reading books, talking about books & buying books. The holy trinity. 2mo
Ruthiella How fun! The perfect seat mate. 2mo
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BooksNBowls
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Waiting to discuss with my ladies of #WhimisicalReadsBookclub, but omg this was fantastic, heartbreaking, and eerie simply for the fact that it‘s TOO real! Octavia Butler- author ir psychic? Idk but I love her and this. 4.25/5

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KateReadsYA
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🧡 Chapter 1 was very lovely! Ready to see where this story takes me.

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Read4life
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Cinfhen I still have this prompt left. I‘m just not feeling it 😑 3mo
Deblovestoread I‘ve read this one and plan to read the sequel for the prompt. @Cinfhen Have you read 3mo
vivastory @Cinfhen I don't know if you have read it, but I think you might like Kindred 3mo
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vivastory @Deblovestoread Great minds 👏 3mo
KateReadsYA Very nice. Are you giving a thumbs up or down on this one?! I'll be starting it next week 🤗 3mo
Librarybelle I‘m still deciding which one to read for this prompt! 3mo
Cinfhen I did read Kindred @vivastory @Deblovestoread and I DID like it 🩷 3mo
vivastory @Cinfhen I have read a few of her other books but none of are ones that I think you would like. The only one that I think you *might* like is 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the suggestion @vivastory 🖤 3mo
Read4life @KateReadsYA It‘s not for me. But judging by the other comments on here, maybe I should try Kindred. 3mo
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BooksNBowls
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For the month of July, #WhimsicalReadsBookclub is reading Parable of the Sower from the amazing Octavia E. Butler!

Synopsis: In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future.

If you would like to join us, we will be discussing on @KateReadsYA page on the last day of the month! I‘m so excited for this one!

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KateReadsYA
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BooksNBowls Im about to repost!! 3mo
KateReadsYA @BooksNBowls Thank you 💖 3mo
Read4life Starting this one in a few days so I‘m done before it‘s due back at the library. 3mo
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LitsyEvents
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This will be #whimsicalreads book club pick for July!!!!! Everyone is welcome to join us.

repost for @KateReadsYA

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KateReadsYA
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KristiAhlers Yay! 3mo
BrittanyReads That cover is beautiful 3mo
SamAnne Looking forward to reading it with this group! 3mo
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KateReadsYA @BrittanyReads Right! I'm debating if should try to buy this one with this cover or get it from the library to return. I hate not knowing if I'm gonna like a book or not. 3mo
KateReadsYA @SamAnne Me too. It'll be my first Read by this author. 3mo
BookmarkTavern Woohoo! 🎉🎉 3mo
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5feet.of.fury
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I have been trying to read this genre defining iconic book for a while. Butler invented hyperempathy before everyone was an empath, & (before we somewhat saw 1st hand) predicted how quickly everyone could turn on eachother & slide back 200 years.

Unpopular opinion: It was a slog. There were few peaks & valleys of emotional highs & lows. For long stretches Lauren‘s hyperempathy or religion played no role. Everyone is just walking around.

Karisimo Have you read Kindred? I liked it much more than this one! (edited) 4mo
5feet.of.fury @Karisimo I haven‘t! But I will keep it in mind! I would read this author again, the pace was just very difficult for me. 4mo
Kitta I found it a slog too and not what I‘d hoped for given all the good things people say about it! I don‘t know if I‘ll read the next ones. 4mo
5feet.of.fury @Kitta I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me! I know this is a standard in the genre and has great ratings everywhere… it has never taken me this long to get through 330 pages, I was really trying. 4mo
Kitta Yeah, I‘m a huge fan of the post apocalyptic fiction genre and this just didn‘t do it for me. Maybe the next one in the series is better, I‘m assuming it‘s about the community they build? But this felt like I was travelling with them forever. 4mo
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5feet.of.fury
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So none of this went how I predicted.
Idk what is with me and the tagged book, but I *am* going to finish it (soonish) & am glad I made some real progress. But it is crunch time for Legends & Lattes since it‘s due back in 5 days 🧐
3 physical books thanks to lots of reading outside in the sun 👍
Only finished 1 audiobook. Didn‘t get as far in to 🎧 of Monsters We Defy because the aux cord in my car broke 😂😩
#20in4
Thanks as always @Andrew65 !

Andrew65 Awesome. Well done and thanks for taking part 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂 4mo
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5feet.of.fury
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This is the most chaotic TBR I‘ve made for 1 of these.

I only really care about reading Parable, which I started reading again last night because I couldn‘t get L&L to download & I couldn‘t sleep, I‘ve pushed off this book 100 times in favor of library holds, & I know I would like it.

& as many physical books as possible (I picked the shortest ones, except The Witcher)

I‘m sure I‘ll finish the audiobooks, already started 1

#20in4

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😁 4mo
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gossamerchild
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Finished this on the way down to Florida last week. I started and ended my vacation reading on VERY different notes.

I am conflicted about this one. Everything about it was compelling, except Lauren's obsession with starting a new religion. That gave me so much pause, because what she was describing will inevitably lead to a cult. ⬇️

gossamerchild Or is that just me being cynical? Because I fully supported everything she was saying, I just wish it didn't have to be a religion. Maybe I should actually read reviews of this one 🤣🤣 6mo
TheBookHippie I feel the same way. I‘ve not read it in a long while but that‘s how I felt too. 6mo
gossamerchild @TheBookHippie have you read the second one? 6mo
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TheBookHippie @gossamerchild I DNF 😝 I think the writing is good and I understand why it‘s classic but I just cannot. It frustrated me. 6mo
gossamerchild @TheBookHippie good to know. I plan on at least trying it 😁 6mo
TheBookHippie @gossamerchild good luck!!! 🤞🏻 6mo
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This book is scarier than any horror or true crime I've ever read... I'm not even sure I'll be able to make it through. This part of the book takes place in 2027, which is looming on the horizon...

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IamIamIam
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My one and only freezer book... I tried this in 2020 and it was just so probable that I freaked out. Sadly, 3 years later and we're not only closer to this life but it starts in 2024. This hits my Published in the 90s #bookspin choice (I struck out on the other 2 books) but Lord, this book is GRIM... 😮‍💨

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PNWBookseller85
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Ooof. This one hurt my heart. My first Octavia Butler and holy hell can that woman write. Read it if you haven‘t. But prepare yourself. Like Morrison, it‘ll leave you wrecked.

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gossamerchild
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Thank you so much, @RowReads1 , for the incredibly generous #muglove! I adore the kitty mug and can't wait to dive into the books. I'm using one of the stir sticks in my coffee this morning 😍😍. And the coffee looks fabulous. Thank you!

@TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Those stir sticks look AMAZING 🤩 7mo
TheKidUpstairs That kitty is so cute (and the tagged book is FANTASTIC!) 7mo
gossamerchild @Cinfhen I can confirm they are fantastic. And taste good in coffee, too ☺️ 7mo
gossamerchild @TheKidUpstairs I'm so excited for the Octavia Butler! 7mo
RowReads1 You‘re welcome ☺️ enjoy! 7mo
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hissingpotatoes
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5/5⭐ Riveting. Lauren's voice is so strong and distinct. I couldn't stay away from her perseverance and dedication to the Earthseed religion she develops, the hope it promises in a devolving world. That world is just a single terrifying step away from our own, and in some cases not even that far away. The description of science fiction as being just a progression of what the author sees happening already is never more true than it is in this book.

5feet.of.fury I‘ve really got to finish this one at some point. I have it digital and abandoned it for library books and then forgot about it … 7mo
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hissingpotatoes
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But if everyone could feel everyone else‘s pain, who would torture? Who would cause anyone unnecessary pain?

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hissingpotatoes
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I don't know whether good times are coming back again. But I know that won't matter if we don't survive these times.

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hissingpotatoes
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None of us knows very much. But we can all learn more. Then we can teach one another. We can stop denying reality or hoping it will go away by magic.

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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@andrew65 Lofty goals for #FabulousFebruary but I'm hoping that my nights involve more reading & less working and that I do more audiobook listening & less singing on my drive to MA & back.

Finish Parable of the Sower 50% 🎧
Finish Tell Me Lies 75% 📖
Catch up The Hurricane 📖
Catch up Dearest Josephine 📖
Read Can You Sign My Tentacle 📖
Read another audiobook 🎧
(In the Time of the Butterflies or My Name is Carrie Soto if my hold comes in)

Andrew65 Great goals, best of luck with them. 😁 8mo
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andrew61
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Written in 93 about a 2024 America in which society has disintegrated + violence erupts on the streets with law enforcement corrupt + uninterested, the book feels incredibly unnerving. The author writes so easily creating a compelling narrative abt a yng woman Lauren who escapes a massacre ,leading a small growing band to the north. She's a sensor of pain+ has her own religious faith. Excellent storytelling but disturbing, will rd the next v soon

Aimeesue LoveLoveLove Octavia B! ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
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vonnie862
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I did good. I only got 1 book for myself (left) and one for my husband (right) at the bookstore. I. Am. Strong! 😅😂

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britt_reads
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Starting off the year with an unsettling dystopian that is eerily prescient and set in a very near future. I‘m so glad that I finally got around to this, and I can‘t wait to read more of Octavia Butler‘s work.

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psalva
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This dystopian novel is scary in its depiction of a not-so-distant, almost completely believable future. Butler really is a master at observing human behaviors and motivations. I strongly disliked the questionable relationship between Lauren (19) and a man her father‘s age or older. I just couldn‘t see the value of this plot development. But overall this was a great read, and I‘ll read the sequel soon. Finn found it less interesting. #catsoflitsy

CBee I love your kitty! And you caught the perfect pic 😊 9mo
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Nessavamusic
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I finally have read this new sci-fi classic. In a very near future with scarily similar problems to today, a woman works to survive and envisions a better way of life. I look forward to reading the second book of this duology. 5⭐️

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Nathan_Opland-Dobs
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DanaR
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Great book, so much to unpack. Will pick up the next in the series when I can. Chaotic but soooo good! So many facets of human nature seen, and many responses to adversity.

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RebL
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I am not likely to do well in any apocalyptic scenario, & I can‘t get behind the effort to create a utopia. However, this story is going to make a great film/limited series, ala Walking Dead but more femme.
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My one apocalyptic skill, I can change a flat in no time. How many flats should one person have in a year?

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Today's reading

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Creadnorthey
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This was a dark reflection of our now time stretched to a near future possibility- on the shelf next to others who take on the apocalyptic, this stands out with its vivid violence, terrifying nail-on-the-head speculation and beautiful moments of hope. Excellent read.

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Sydneypaige
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I understand why Black women are encouraging everyone to read this instead of The Handmaids Tale. I was surprised, at first, the absence of the reproductive rights centrality because of the connection the two books are highlighted to have. But the longer I read, the more I understand why this book mirrors our time so much better than Handmaids. And again how white feminism lets us down. I will absolutely be reading the second book.

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BC_Dittemore
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Told in a series of diary entries, Parable of the Sower could have been a tedious read in the hands of a lesser author. Butler is able to perfectly balance the voice of a young, intelligent, woman in such a way that, yes, it reads like journal entries, but they draw the reader into the world so easily that we forget it. Reading this in 2022 is particularly harrowing because America is so close to descending into the future portrayed here.

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BC_Dittemore
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I think Octavia E. Butler‘s bio might be one of the best I‘ve ever read.

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Melismatic
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The relevancy to this moment is really something else. While it is incredibly bleak and sad (tw abound regarding r*pe, death, children), it is remarkably clear eyed about pushing forward in the face of intense adversity.

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Chrissyreadit
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I‘m going to be in Oregon for 10 days this July. My goal is to read these three books. Two for LMPBC 1 because it‘s been on my TBR for too long. And is heavily recommended. Anyone else want to read Parable of The Sower in July?

PageShifter I have planned reading it several months already! 1y
AmyG Have a wonderful 10 days!!! 1y
Gissy Oregon, I think Powell Bookstore is in that state, Am I correct? I have seen some videos from YouTubers and it looks fantastic. Plus an excuse to explore some free little libraries in that state🤗

I know, I know, I need therapy.🙋🏽‍♀️I only think about libraries and bookstores😳
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Chrissyreadit @AmyG thank you!!! 1y
Chrissyreadit @Gissy yes! I love Powell‘s. They have several around Portland and it will def be a stop for me. 1y
Avanders Oooh enjoy Oregon!! 🤩🤩 1y
Gissy @Chrissyreadit Enjoy your therapy moment!🙌 1y
BethM @Gissy that‘s the best kind of thinking! @Chrissyreadit I hope you‘re going for fun, or if not that you get to do fun stuff! Take pics of Powell‘s- im@jealous! 1y
CindyMyLifeIsLit Have fun in Oregon and tell Powell‘s I said hello—hopefully I‘ll be visiting again soon! I ❤️❤️ Georgette Heyer, and Venetia is one of my favorites. I will be rereading Parable of the Sower this week for a university seminar I‘m going to be attending! 1y
Chrissyreadit @CindyMyLifeIsLit Im excited for Venetia! Hope you get back to Powell‘s soon! And have a great Seminar! 1y
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BC_Dittemore
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The family took me to B&N for Father‘s Day. It was a tough decision but I decided to acquaint myself with Octavia Butler. I‘ve never read any of her work before, but I‘ve heard great things.

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Ms.Story
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Set in 2024-2027, this is an eerie post-apocalyptic novel that seems all too familiar. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Audio was 👌🏽

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WriterAtHeart
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I enjoyed this apocalyptic tale of Lauren Olamina and the destitute United States, which is overcome with gun violence and ravged by climate change. This was my first Octavia Butler book, but it will certainly not be my last. I like her riting style and ease of storytelling.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I enjoyed this book but not nearly as much as Kindred. I have a great fondness for dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction and can‘t get enough of it! I especially like ones like this, that really delve into the details of issues of survival in such a world. This did that extremely well, conveying the uncertainty and danger of their world for the people just trying to live normal lives in it. Interesting characters, great world-building!

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Oldschool_millenial
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And that's not one but two more books DONE! Managed to get one more book than I had set for my goal so I'm happy about that 🤩

IMAGO by Octavia E Butler
LaGUARDIA by Nnedi Okorafor
NOOR by Nnedi Okorafor
THE MUSEUM OF RAIN by Dave Eggers
THE BOYS - OMNIBUS 3
HORRORSTÖR by Grady Hendrix
PARABLE OF THE SOWER by Octavia E Butler