Parable of the Sower

In the Parable Sower, written by Olivia Butler the dystopian world is evident. When I picked up the book I thought it would be similar to other well known dystopian books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, or The 100. Yet, the book faced other economic, and environmental catastrophes. It is a post apocalyptic disaster where the social order has vanished. This book took a different spin on the dystopian world, taking on real issues. It explores very present issues in society today; such as, slavery, feminist issues, rape and uncivilized behaviour. Throughout the book there are multiple violent rapes occurring, unlike other books I’ve experienced. The book is set in a dystopian future in 2024. Even though it was meant to be a mere prediction of the future, it seems much more like present reality. Some of the issues faced in the books seem like problems we will face very soon together. There are so many theories based on world war 3 starting because of water. We have erased and depleted our water systems slowly, only a problem that will ruin our humanity in the near future.

Furthermore the book was definitely interesting, but I couldn’t find a connection with the main character Lauren. Still there are concepts of the novel I enjoyed, the ultimate empowerment of African American women is one to name. Lauren had the ability to lead the group, and there no questioning her gender. Overall I will recommend the book to young adults. 



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