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Children of God by Mary Doria Russell

Children of God (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Mary Doria Russell

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Title:Children of God
Authors:Mary Doria Russell
Info:London: Black Swan, 1999, c1998. 509 p. ; 20 cm.
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Tags:fiction, read, 2007, january, christianity, space, first contact

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Children of God (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Mary Doria Russell (1998)


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I loved The Sparrow, and I'm glad I finally read this second part of the story. More than just a "what happens next" to that tragic tale, this is a story of growth, redemption, forgiveness, and change. The different cultures on Rakhat are interesting, and it's clear the author has thought through the anthropology of these peoples. The moral dilemmas are compelling and complicated where they could so easily be trite. The two books are much more as a pair than either could be individually. ( )
  lavaturtle | Apr 16, 2017 |
Fantastic conclusion to the "Sparrow", Mary Doria Russell doesn't miss a beat in her followup novel of faith, aliens, and redemption. Recommended. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
There's something exhilarating about a book which spans two planets and two very different timelines, not to mention an ever-changing array of characters and languages. I found this book maybe a little less gripping than the first in the duology, but it really was necessary to conclude the story. I only wish I'd gotten around to reading it sooner, rather than leaving a full year in between books. ( )
  Amelia_Smith | Aug 28, 2016 |
I'm not enjoying this and I loved The Sparrow so much that I don't want to change my experience of that novel at all.
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
The first book in this duology, The Sparrow, stands at the top of my list of favorite books read in the past decade. I strongly recommend that readers read that book first as this book is a continuation of that story and will make little sense without the background provided in the Sparrow.

The Sparrow tells the story of Earth's first contact with alien races and, with a sociologist's eye, the impact that a meeting between two entirely different cultures have upon each other. A facetious example might be if one culture considered a swift kick in the ass as a polite greeting coming into contact with one that does not. Children of God tells the story of Emilio Sandoz' second trip to Rahkat and focuses more on the impact that the first visit had on that planet's civilization in the years since he first departed the planet.

This was a good book but imho it was not as good as the Sparrow. Part of the problem may be that the story skipped around in place and time which can be very confusing when listening to an audiobook. Another part of the problem may be that while the ideas shared in The Sparrow were original and fascinating to consider, the impact of human explorers on indigenous cultures is all too familiar.

Bottom line: Mary Doria Russell is still one of the few authors on my if-they-write-it-I-will-buy-it list. I encourage readers to read all of her books, including this one. I just don't think this is her best effort. ( )
  Unkletom | Jun 30, 2016 |
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Children of God is the sequel to Mary Doria Russell's 1996 The Sparrow, which saw a Jesuit mission to the planet Rakhat end in disaster. The sole survivor of that mission, a priest named Emilio Sandoz, returned a beaten and broken man, having suffered rape and mutilation at the hands of enigmatic aliens. Now the Jesuits want to go back to Rakhat, and they want Sandoz aboard the new mission. But Sandoz has renounced his priesthood and even found a measure of happiness with his new wife and stepdaughter. Meanwhile, on Rakhat, contact with the humans has thrown the local culture into turmoil, precipitating a war between Rakhat's two sentient races. As forces conspire to send Emilio back to Rakhat--and toward a possible reconciliation with God--the planet verges on genocidal destruction. Children of God is a more polished novel than The Sparrow, and the story is equally compelling.

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A priest named Emilio Sandoz embarks on a quest to demystify God's providence that leads him to question the possibility of faith.

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