A Reader posted a review at 2007-10-09 02:31:53.
There is a reason why this book is classified as a classic. To be more exact, there is a TON of reasons why this book is classified as a classic. It is more emotional than Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, but strangely more expository as well. Imagery, details, concept, opening and ending, poem, romance, characters... in short, everthing in the story is open to interpretation. This book needs to be re-read numerous times in order to grasp its myraid of nuances, and truly deserves a detailed analysis. Incredible.
Even if you don't study writing, as a novel this book still succeeds tremendously. It will suck you into a scary and freakishly realistic world (all the more so in our era) which will make you question your basic political beliefs. While it may be comforting to know that this is a work of fiction, the ideas it presents should be thought about as it is not too far off from our time...
It's compelling, it has a moving romance, its an epic tale, it's powerfully written, and it is a novel. Do I need to say more? READ IT.
P.S. This book is a bit of a grind, and doesn't actually have a fun payoff at the end, so if you are the sort to HATE bad endings, avoid it. Otherwise, trust me, it's all worth it.