The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell (37/107)

I started reading a John Updike book, because it sounded dystopic and vaguely relevant to the Dredd fic I’m writing. Made it about twenty pages before I was like, “Man, fucking boring old people.”

Then I picked up Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow and found fucking AWESOME old people.

The Sparrow tells one story in two parallel timelines: when humans discovered that they weren’t alone in the universe and eight brilliant people set out to make first contact, and then decades later when the single broken survivor came limping home.

This book is brilliant.