I just sat down and read The Fifth Sacred Thing in one sitting.
That probably give you an indication, that yes - I enjoyed this book!
I *am* biased though, I'm pagan.
It was nice... the story was in my language, but that means I may have perceived some events differently to others (I'm probably fairly unique in my inexplicably bursting into tears on page 18 though...).
Also, it's a good *story*, but I'm in no way thinking it's depicting realistic future utopia/distopia. It's fantasy - but of the worldview changing, inspiring genre, like... the 'Door into Fire', and so many others.
Part of it does fall into the same category of science fiction 'cautionary tales' as 1984 etc, and happily, perhaps a new category 'inspirational tales'.
As for the story, it curiously reminded me of 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' by Robert A. Heinlein. Of course, instead of a self aware super-computer on our heras & heroes side, we have bees, magic, Goddesses & ghosts... (although, similar family structures???)
And although it is about two populations of people who are not going to fold against a threat, there is the little difference in that their reactions are almost polar opposites.
I'd never felt compelled to read this book, but I'm really, really glad I did!