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.