GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
AGE RANGE: 14+
SUMMARY: Living in Robledo, California in a near-distant future, Lauren Olamina is a perceptive teenager who anticipates the dismal future of her small community. Of course, as a teenager, no one heeds her warnings, and after a raid that results in the deaths of almost everyone she knows, she is forced to create a new community of her own.
WHAT I LIKE: It’s going to be hard for me to say what I loved about this book because I pretty much loved everything! But, for the sake of space, I’ll keep it short. I appreciated the way that Lauren denied the religion of her family and decided to create her own because I don’t often see a more agnostic approach to religion in books. I also appreciated the gray areas in the novel because there are so many decisions that Lauren makes that seem as though her choice could have gone either way and neither option would have been completely good or bad. I think that’s necessary because life choices often exist in gray areas. Lastly, I like the social conversations about race that Butler threads into the story without making it the conflict.
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