From the acclaimed author of "The Sparrow" comes a new, extraordinarily imaginative SF novel which continues the powerful, moving story of Emilio ...Show synopsisFrom the acclaimed author of "The Sparrow" comes a new, extraordinarily imaginative SF novel which continues the powerful, moving story of Emilio Sandoz, the charismatic Jesuit priest who led the well-intentioned but catastrophic mission to the distant planet of Rakhat, and journeyed to the furthest reaches of the human soul. Now, in "Children of God", Father Emilio Sanchoz returns and - against his will - is forced to continue his quest for the meaning, if any, of God's plan. Dazzlingly imaginative, philosophically provocative and immeasurably entertaining, "Children of God" is a must-read for fans of "The Sparrow", and a startlingly fresh adventure for newcomers to Mary Doria Russell's special literary magic.Hide synopsis
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I can't recommend this book enough. It's been said here already, but this is the sequel to "The Sparrow" and this book would not stand alone. On the up side, The Sparrow is a fantastic read. The general premise for these books, that the Jesuits race to send a mission to the first detected alien civilization while terrestrial governments dither about what to do, is such a unique idea. When I first read about it, it seemed novel, but unlikely. Russell makes it plausible and interesting. The charachters in both books are compelling and real. They have complex motivations. You'll love and hate them. The dialogue is often hilarious and memorable. And the story will keep you turning the page. I had a writing instructor once tell me that you know a good author when, as you read, you catch phrases that make you think, "Man, I wish I had come up with that." It happened about once a page with both of these books. Moreover, I think Children of God is at least as good as The Sparrow, and considering The Sparrow won a Hugo, I think that's high praise. Great book!
Warning: don't try to read this one without reading 'The Sparrow' beforehand. Many sequels can exist on their own without reading the previous book but this is not one of them. This book will answer questions that you may have had after 'The Sparrow'. It also explores the other side of the coin from the people of Rakhat's perceptive. Sandoz returns to Rakhat and will encounter another character from the previous book (which I will not disclose as it may spoil a little of the suprise in the book--the surprise happens early so you won't have to wait long-basically around 20 pages). In my review of 'The Sparrow' I gave it 4 stars as it stands by itself. Once I read 'Children of God' my rating for 'The Sparrow' thus increased to 5 stars. I have loaned both of these books to male and female friends and they have recieved stellar reviews.
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