I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! the story sucked me in and yes it made me cry. The creation and destruction of Joseph and Yod, both characters were SO "humanly" written in the book. The purpose of both; weapon, protection, and then watching their transformation into something more; understanding, devotion, need for acceptance, love (?). I felt so much more emotion and attachment to all the characters in this book. The interwoven story of Joseph and the Maharal was just as fasinating to me as the primary story of Malkah, Shira and Yod. Perhaps as Malkah was telling the story, she knew what sort of fateful end would come to Yod.
The picture Piercy paints of the future seems to still include discrimination, racism and classism..the technology created does nothing to help those -isms. There are still "haves" and "have-nots", but the free towns seem to make up the middle class..still struggling to survive between "losing it all" and being incorporated and losing their own "identity".
The strong women in the book were fantastic! Each having to give up something to come into their own.