Octavia E. Butler returns to a dystopic near future in the long-awaited sequel her acclaimed genre-straddling novel Parable of the Sower. Set in 2032, Parable of the Talents finds African-American hyper-empath Lauren Oya Olamina at the head of the self-sufficient community of Acorn. The creator and prophet of the new religious doctrine known as Earthseed, whose basic belief is "God Is Change," Lauren strives to provide understanding to her determined band of survivors in a perpetually shifting world of mistrust, slavery, anarchy, and government-sanctioned witch-hunts. But when a new government, calling itself Christian America, comes to power, with the fanatical Reverend Andrew Steele Jarrett as its president, Acorn is destroyed by religious terrorists, and its children are sent to be raised in fundamentalist Christian homes.
Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction....period.