Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
345 pages | Grand Central Publishing
When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny . . . and the birth of a new faith.