This dystopian story deals with the reversal of roles between men and women, and who holds the power. The investigation of what might be different if women were in charge was a fascinating premise, heightened by the meticulous physical descriptions of people, places and survival tactics on both sides of the wall.
I was very impressed with Pamela Sargent's storytelling in this book. Her use of an involved character to tell the story was especially interesting to me. I was unaware who, exactly, the narrator was until the very last chapter. This made the story much more engaging to me.
The characters are easy to relate to, and don't seem all that different from the people I know today. This is a story that has a level of realism that, if considered without prejudice, is extremely plausable.
I listened to the audiobook version, and was impressed with the use of two different voices, one male and one female, to show the distinct differences not only between characters, but between the divisions of society, as well. Having two narrators made the story much more engaging for me.