Children of God

{4.5/5} “I was willing to hear this song, because I had once yearned for a world in which lives would be governed not by lineage and lust and moribund law, but by love and loyalty. In this one valley, such lives are possible… If it is a mistake to hope for such a world, then it is a magnificent mistake.”

Children of God by Mary Doria Russell, published in 1998

A new expedition is heading to the planet Rakhat. Emilio Sandoz, survivor of the first expedition, is training the crew in the alien languages they’ll need and anything else he can think of. The Pope has asked Emilio to go back as well, but Emilio refused — and, because of what happened on Rakhat, Emilio has decided to leave the Jesuits.

This is the sequel to The Sparrow. I wanted to find out what happened to Emilio.

One character we thought was dead turns out to be alive. The slight lack of continuity is worth it to have the point of view of Sophia in this novel.

It’s about the ends (possibly) justifying the means, and a society in revolutionary transition.

If you read The Sparrow you’ll want to read this one as well — it’s an important part of the story.

This is the 2nd book I’ve read by Russell — she moved away from science fiction so I might not read any of her others.

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