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Parable of the Sower (Paperback, 2000, Warner Books) 4 stars

In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful …

I have read enough Butler to recognise her style by now and though it is brilliant and terrifying it’s a bit too cynical to be a fun read. I think the vision presented in this book is right on the money on the politics and economics but universalises a too dark view of humanity.

Or maybe I’m wrong and I’ll just be eaten by the cannibal drug gangs when the collapse picks up a bit more speed.