If The Scarlet Letter and The Handmaid's Tale had a lovechild, this would be it. I've heard a few people say they thought this book was too derivative, but that wasn't my reading at all. She was riffing on these things, but it didn't feel rehashed. Instead it felt like a spiritual successor. For me this was very much the right book at the right time. I am very fired up about women's issues and sexual politics, especially now when it feels like the conservative backlash is waging a war against women. This was like a warning sign pointing at the future we are in danger of building should we embrace fear and intolerance. There were points in this book where I wasn't certain I liked it, even though I was appreciating what it was doing. In fact, I was uncertain until the very last page. I needn't have been. I'm glad I read this book. I feel certain it will stick with me for a long time.