Parable of the Sower Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Parable of the Sower

Lauren, a young hyperempathic woman, is driven from her home when the walled community in which she has grown is overrun by a disenfranchised strung-out mob who go on a spree of murder and mayhem.

Separated from her family in the fray, Lauren and two other survivors from the carnage at their settlement set out on a cross-country trek north with the will to survive.
This report prepared by Gracie McKeever

Parable of the Sower takes place in the fairly near future (2024-2027 CE) after quite a bit of social disintegration and chaos. Walled neighbourhoods, gangs of drug-abusing arsonists, crime, and inhumanity are throughout the book. The main character, Lauren, is a young woman growing up during this time in Southern California. Her father is a minister and they live in a walled neighbourhood, trying to keep the insane world outside from getting in. Lauren has special powers that let her feel others pains. She also starts a new religion.
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In the near future, Lauren Olamina begins to develop her philosophy/religion of Change, as a way to redeem humanity and its future.
This report prepared by Christine G.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad Mental/magical powers focus    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century)    -   distant future Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes

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