This week, John is teaching you about the near-future dystopia in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.
Parable of the Sower tells the story of Lauren Oya Olamina, and her life growing up in a post-climate change, semi-lawless America. It’s not great.
The book reads as a dystopia, as a bildungsroman, and as a sacred text. Lauren grows up in a terrible future, and a lot of the book is concerned with the religion she has created, Earthseed.
There’s lots to think about in this one, and John will talk you through it.