I can’t write a good review for this book, because it was clear that I was in the wrong headspace for it. Banks describes a modern-day cult from the inside perspective of the potential next leader, a devoted young woman. She has a strong voice, strong opinions, and the narration mirrors her perspective beautifully. I suspect this book can be fairly enjoyable, but to me it felt only depressing.
For fictional religions, I prefer Cat’s Cradle which felt less depressing somehow, even though it’s literally about the end of the world.