Octavia Butler did good. This is speculative dystopia, and if you see when it was written, late 80's, the possibility that our cities and social systems would fall apart in this way would make sense. This is a warning from that time which maybe did some good and which is still relevant in many countries around the world. But: read it for the fun and for the characters. Butler does not pull punches about the dark side of life, but her hope makes me hope. She will not make this or any book into something too inaccessible or intellectual, but she was smart as can be and creative. It will make you think. When you do, you will see that she used simple language on purpose, because she was a genius who can touch your heart without flash.