In Parable of the Sower, Lauren is a preacher’s daughter living in the broken world of the Los Angeles’ suburbs in 2024. Climate change has left the world short of water. The class battle has been fought—and won by the rich. Hope for the future is non-existent. But Lauren has a vision for a new God—a God of change. She feels all mankind is Earthseed, destined to move off the ruined Earth to other planets.
It is amazing that Parable of the Sower feels like it was written yesterday because it is so topical. However, it was originally published more than twenty-five years ago in 1993.
When I started reading, I thought this was a sequel to Kindred, which I loved in graphic novel format by the same author and artist. However, it is a completely different tale of how a religion gets started in a startlingly prescient world of the future. Unfortunately, the art was only done in a rough outline in my advanced review copy so I can’t review it here. But the art in Kindred was beautiful and evocative. Overall, this a good warning about what the future may hold for our planet. 4 stars!
Thanks to Abrams ComicArts and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.