I think this is a well written hot book, that keeps your interest from start to end. But it's also extremely disturbing (and I feel a bit like a pig for enjoying it, because I know it's very wrong).
Basically, I think that the main character is a total idiot begging and claiming out loud to be badly abused. She's a novice with no experience at all that willingly throws herself to 24/7 total and absolute submission to an stranger, without never knowing what will be done to her and even without never discussing and establishing any kind of boundaries and safety.
I can understand safe BDSM play, with predefined script, accorded boundaries and safewords. On the other hand, 24/7 BDSM lifestyle creeps me out, I don't think about being mentally healthy for the submissive (and we better don't start talking about daily training punishments, that mind conditioning is a hideous brainwashing), I can't understand it but I guess for some people it may work with a lot of trust and care between the partners and very carefully discussed and accorded norms, boundaries and safewords.
There is nothing alike in this book, not even safewords. Laura (I'm very tented to call her "the victim") doesn't knows a thing about what she's committing to (she's even initiated to The Society without knowing anything about them and their harsh rules, they are hastily explained to her only 1 hour before the ceremony). She never has a say about what can or will be done to her, she MUST endure any punishment and sexual activity that her mistress wishes, she must also submit and endure any dominant that crosses her path, even for the dominants that scares her (I thought that trust is the core of BDSM, but here she must submit to dominants that terrifies her).
As Jeanne (her dominant) very clearly says to her, she must left behind any dignity and completely give away her free will. The only one occasion the she dares to say that that night she prefers to just watch because she is tired and afraid of the unknown foreign dominants, she is tied for 24 hours and left alone, terrified that she will be rejected. Safewords are supposed to be a escape if a sub panics and they are supposed to could be used without fearing of any revenge, but Laura has no the option of safewords and knows very well that any further refusal of the slighlest order will imply her automatic abandon. How can this be considered consensual ?.
Free will is one of the most basic human rights. These rights are universal, no one can take them from you, nor can you give them to anyone (you can play like you give it, you really must always retain your free will, the ability to have the last word about anything concerning you if you eventually feel that you need to).
I know this book is very far to F.E. Campbell's utter crap stories of kidnapped womens thrown to terrific sexual slavery, but anyway I have a very hard time to accept this book as consensual SM. In Europe we have jail time for distributing books promoting nazism, how can we do less about books against the most basic human rights ?, this book dangerously borders the last ones.
This is a very well written and arousing book, but it is also very wrong. I know that everybody is supposed to be able to differentiate fiction and reality, but I'm very sad for any idiot that dazzled after this readings could try to follow the reckless Laura's path, she most certainly will finish badly abused and damaged. I'm also concerned about sadists leads to believe that this kind of abusing behavior is right. Read this book, it's a good one, enjoy it, but be alert, remember that this is only fiction, wrong fiction.
PS: I apologize for any mistake in my english, I'm still learning your language.