The Sparrow

The Sparrow Review

In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet that will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question what it means to be "human".

Title:The Sparrow
Edition Language:English

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  • Lori

    I had picked this up years ago due to all the terrific reviews, but when I started it, since it involves priests and such, I thought it was going to be a Christian book. So I'm really glad that a grou...

  • Maggie Stiefvater

    What a strange, accomplished nautilus of a novel, every chamber containing both joy and tragedy....

  • Brad

    I had wanted to read The Sparrow since its release back in 1996/1997. I had seen a review of it and loved the basic idea of future Jesuits being the first “missionaries” to make contact with the f...

  • Candi

    "What is a life worth living, and what is a life wasted, and why? What is worth dying for, what is worth living for, and why? What shall I teach my child to value, and what shall I urge that child to ...

  • Matt

    I've hit page 199 of 'The Sparrow' and the viscosity of the text is increasing.By page 12, I had a lot of hope for this book. By page 88 I was really into the book, and thinking there was a good chanc...

  • Lyn

    The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell was Russell’s first novel and was published in 1996. Winning many accolades and several awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, it describes a first contact b...

  • Manny

    This is the third SF story I've read where a Jesuit priest goes on an expedition to another planet and suffers a spiritual crisis as a result. It's almost becoming a sub-genre. I don't want to call Em...

  • Katie

    If called upon to imagine a scenario in which the faith of the devoutly religious is put most severely to the test I would probably think of the individuals forced to work in the Nazi death camps. Wha...

  • Ben Babcock

    It has been a while since a book made me cry.The Sparrow begins with a concise prologue, so unassuming that I overlooked its significance. Within this prologue, however, is a reminder, a sort of cavea...

  • Mary Ellen

    Sadly, goodreads has yet to allow a kill-it-with-fire rating, so I'll have to content myself with a one star review and a nice cup of tea to quell the overpowering nausea. Not due to the "shocking" en...