Intense dystopian novel written in the early 1980s by Octavia Butler. I appreciate the development of characters, especially the main character Lauren and her yearning for a better and more meaningful life as she tries to incorporate religious beliefs in a world gone very, very wrong. Not all the characters are likable or gallant and they struggle with their own prejudices, distrust, beliefs and pain. Some of the scenes and descriptions may be too horrific for the reader but then again, a dystopian fiction novel is not meant to be a happy place. There is both hope and action on the part of the protagonist and she understands that, in order to survive and thrive in this challenging world, she needs to cultivate a community of growth, purpose and trust. Outstanding.