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Children of God (original 1998; edition 1999)
Children of God (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Mary Doria Russell (1998)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 044900483X, Paperback)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.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:11 -0400)
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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