Title: Woman on the Edge of Time
Author: Marge Piercy
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: 11 August 2016 (1976)
Format: eBook- PDF
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Hailed as a
classic of speculative science fiction, Marge Piercy’s landmark novel is
a transformative vision of two futures. Harrowing and prescient, Woman on the Edge of Time will speak to a new generation on whom these choices weigh more heavily than ever before.
being unjustly committed to a mental institution, Connie Ramos is
contacted by an envoy from the year 2137, who shows her a utopian future
of sexual and racial equality and environmental harmony.
Connie also bears witness to another potential outcome: a dystopian
society of grotesque exploitation. One will become our world. And Connie
herself may strike the decisive blow... (Goodreads Synopsis)
I requested Woman on the Edge of Time from NetGalley because I had previously loved another Marge Piercy novel. From the point of view of the writing, I was not disappointed. Piercy's prose is highly readable, and she manages to show the difference in speech between the two time periods in a way that is both inventive and yet still understandable.
The only downside to this novel for me was that, at times, it came across as preachy. I don't mind a message within a fictional story, but I dislike having a particular point of view rammed down my throat, and in this piece it was very clear what the author wanted us to believe. I didn't always disagree; however, I would have preferred it to be pushed less stringently, as sometimes the 'message' rather overtook the plot and characters.
Nonetheless, I still found this book to be an interesting read and I would still seek out more novels by Marge Piercy in the future. If you are into feminism and sci-fi, you'll probably love this work. If you dislike fiction that preaches, it may not be for you.