I read this book as a part of my special literature class. We were studying dystopia and this is pretty much the founding book of the genre.
I loved this book. The description of the society was haunting. I still visually remember some scenes of it, the places, even though I read it in 1999. The glass houses, the people marching to music. Round O. The big hand or the leader.
The story itself is not long, nor is it as exciting as some of the later dystopia books. Perhaps the reason why I remember it in pictures was that it was more of a description of the world, than a string of events.
This book made me fall in love with the genre. I would buy a copy if I found one. It should also be made into a movie.