Somehow I made it to adulthood never having read this book, which is widely assigned in schools - and is also #8 on the ALA's list of frequently banned and challenged classic books. So for that reason alone I am glad to have read this book, which is a frightening treatise on the true, undiluted state of humanity. It made a good companion to The Pearl, in that its also a study of the reality of human nature - and it's not a pretty picture. The author is good at building the story and taking the reader along with it; it felt very immersive to me. It's definitely a striking work of fiction.