Review: The Sparrow

The Sparrow
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Sparrow is a brilliant exploration of religion, faith, spirituality and humanity in the face of fate, chance, and wonderful discoveries. I loved it. As a speculative science fiction book, there are some distinct problems. But I read the book without criticizing those aspects and focused more on the events and relationships. That’s where the power of this story lies. The characters are brilliant (particularly Anne Edwards in my own opinion) who the reader comes to know and love. The development of the relationships, in both timelines, feels natural.

I was absolutely wrenched by the ending of the book, but found it couldn’t have ended another way. And though there is a sequel, I’m not sure I’ll ever read it. Some books stand so well on their own and create so many thoughts and feelings, it’s hard to want to return to another time in that world.

I highly recommend reading The Sparrow and taking some time to reflect on where your own values and beliefs lie.

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Meghan is an environmental scientist by trade but an artist at heart. She loves all things geeky/nerdy and is frequently found with less geeky friends rolling their eyes at her. She often spouts all kinds of pop culture trivia and nonsense stemming from her avid love of movies, music, art, and books. If not curled up with a book (she reads at least one a week) or comic, she can be found painting with something on a screen to distract her. She wishes she was as cool as Veronica Mars or as Kate Daniels. Besides blogging about comics here you can also find her exploring around twitter, instagram, tumblr, pinterest, goodreads, and trying to keep up appearances on her own blog.

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