Narrator: Therese Plummer
Publisher: Audible Inc.
Running Time: 40 minutes
Listened to: 21 August 2013
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I enjoyed this story more than The First. I think this is partly due to the narrator, who is excellent, and partly due to the story. The events of The Sparrow take place six weeks after The First and thousands of returned have appeared during this time, giving rise to suspicion among the general population and construction of specialised 'returned processing centres' by the government. Tatiana's return causes friction in the Campbell's relationship as Heather and Matt disagree on the best way to respond to Tatiana's needs.
It is not made clear why Tatiana returned to the United States when she died in Sierra Leone (The First makes reference to returned appearing in Africa so it seems safe to assume not all returned are returning stateside), nor is it explained why Tatiana's mother has not returned (or at the very least has not returned in the same place as her daughter). The distrust and underlying fear of the general population about events they cannot explain or control is an interesting phenomena, and may yet be revealed as the most fascinating aspect of the soon-to-be-released The Returned.