Great read, but not quite as good as its predecessor

Parable of the Talents was not quite as good as Parable of the Sower. But (1) Parable of the Sower is my favorite SF novel of all time, and (2) I still read Talents in a single day, and it is not short. So take my opinion with a mountain of salt.

Reasons I'm not quite as impressed with it as with its predecessor:

(1) The voice is just not quite as poetic.
(2) The main character is not nearly as dynamic, i.e. she doesn't change much (which makes sense as the first novel was a coming-of-age story, but still).
(3) While the main protagonists and antagonists are multi-dimensional and nuanced, the true villains are rather cartoonish.

It's still a book I'd recommend and one I enjoyed very much, and it provided a solid resolution for the setup at the end of the preceding novel. It's just not a masterpiece like its predecessor was.

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