This has been sitting on my bookshelf for years, and I am a bit embarrassed that it took me this long to read it. The description of the anarchic society was intriguing. I appreciated the concept of an "ambiguous utopia," which is to say one that's unambiguously functional but may or may not be better than other options in the end. (As a side note, I found myself wondering if the repetition of "altruism is not an Odonian [communist/anarchist:] virtue" was a dig at Ayn Rand.) In contrast to the freshness of the world building, the plot seemed to retread a lot of ground from The Left Hand of Darkness
(and The Telling
retreads it again). I prefer the characters in Left Hand
, so I suspect if I feel like rereading LeGuin, that's where I'll turn. But this was well worth reading once.