The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

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First, I would like to say a big thank you to Hattie who let me borrow her book – THANK YOU!

‘In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility”

– Kenneth Chisholm

Background: After nuclear warfare contaminated a vast number of areas, the people face a serious fertility crisis. A religious group takes over and suppressing women in the society by denying their credit cards, jobs and education. They are then forced to fulfill the role of a Handmaid; a slave to a particular man with the aim to procreate.

The Handmaid’s Tale is an addictive read. The main character’s fresh fertility makes her the perfect Handmaid to the Commander. However, while being the Commander’s Handmaid, she develops feelings for his chauffeur called Nick, making the reader route for the couple while also feeling a sense of dread of what the feelings might result in. This is cleverly developed further with the mentions of a resistance movement building to challenge the repressive regime.

Personally, the idea of such a regime is a scary thought. It puts into perspective the freedom that we experience in the UK today, which is a blessing when considering the experiences faced in the Handmaid’s Tale. Let us hope that the events of this book are never seen in the future.

I’ve been informed that there is a show made based on this book. Now that I’ve read it I am very excited to see how it has been portrayed in picture!
Have you read and/or watched the Handmaid’s Tale?
What did you like/dislike about the characters and plots?

Overall, The Handmaids Tale is an incredible read with in-depth characters and a variety of themes. I highly recommend this book to everyone! I apologies for the short review but sometimes I don’t want to reveal too much information before you read it.


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