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Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents (Earthseed, #2)Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first Earthseed novel, Parable of the Sower, was one of the best books I read last year (and there were a handful I rated highly). So, I was excited to read the second novel.

And, wow, is it powerful too. What's most surprising about both of these novels is how relevant they are to our contemporary context--in this one the evil candidate for president runs on a slogan of Make America Great Again (Butler published this book in 1997).

I rated this one lower for two reasons. I thought some elements of the plot were less coherent than the first novel--there are more loose ends and things that raise questions that pull you outside of the suspension of disbelief.

And second, it wrapped up too quickly. It felt like there needed to be a third novel that achieved what she accomplished in the final chapter.

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