Children of God

Children of God

A Novel

eBook - 1999
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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.
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Books : Random House Publishing Group, 1999
ISBN: 0307414744 (electronic bk.)
9780307414748 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC RUSSELL
Characteristics: 1 online resource (476 p.)

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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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danielestes
Jan 03, 2016

"When was the last time you got laid?"

The above line from Emilio Sandoz early on in the story encapsulates the subversive, understated wit that Mary Doria Russell brings to her stories. The phrase lacks context unless you're familiar with events from the previous book. It's a delicious, biting irony from a story that's about rediscovering one's faith in God.

(Minor spoilers ahead for both books of the series.)

If anyone can create a worthy sequel to The Sparrow, an astonishing debut, it would be Mary Doria Russell. Not just because it's her story, but also because she has the skill to continue a character's journey in a way that adds relevance without too much repetition. Still, Children of God is a different kind of book. The Sparrow had a clean ending even though it was one of the most heartbreaking conclusions I've ever read. I bet the author didn't originally have a part 2 in mind until her editors suggested it. Plus, I was curious to see what happens to Emilio Sandoz so not reading Children of God wasn't really an option. It runs at a slower pace and much of the alien mystique of the people of Rakkat is lessened because they're not so alien any more. Basically, if you're the type of reader that needs closure, read Children of God. Heck, read it anyway. It's worth it. A small part of me though wishes I had stopped after The Sparrow.

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ginger_bug
Jul 31, 2012

I was skeptical about a sequel to The Sparrow, but I thought this book did very well..... I like both of them equally but they are very different. This one is gentler and more hopeful.

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rhys33
Oct 13, 2011

I wish I could say this book is as good as The Sparrow, the first in this series. Unfortunately, it's not. The mystery, character development, and sense of exploration that made The Sparrow a great, wait, fantastic book is missing in Children of God. The plot borders on unbelievable, and all the religion talk gets a little heavy this time around.

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sgeluardi
Apr 30, 2011

The wonderful character development that was in The Sparrow is missing in this second book. I also found the similarity of every major character irritating. She has three different sapient spices but they all sound like they have the exact same voice. And lastly our original survivor from the first voyage drifts into the background and even when he finally returns to the planet his role in the book felt flat. I feel she tried to focus to much on a dozen characters and lost some interest along the way. All that said she still was able to write with an original feel and I did enjoy this book. It just wasn't up to the same high quality the first book gave.

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Tracy_McPeck
Nov 18, 2012

"I have begun to hope for a fire. At times, the solution to a maze is to reduce it to embers and walk straight through the ashes."

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