Hey Guys! So I just binge read this entire book in one day and oh my goodness it was so good. Also terrifying. This book follows Offred, a handmaid in the new Republic of Gilead. This book is set in roughly the 1980’s or 1990’s, in an alternate dystopian society. In this world, most of the population has become sterile because of pollution, and the population has dropped drastically, to the point where it is in decline instead of holding steady. The responsibility for reproduction has fallen to women called handmaids, the last fertile women in society. They live with upper-class men and their wives, where their only job is to bear children.
In this society, there has also been a huge religious revival, with a large emphasis on female modesty. Women are blamed for the faults of men in the old society, thing such as rape and violence. In the new society, women are all forced to wear the same clothing, abstain from makeup, and cover their hair, otherwise, they would be to blame for men’s actions. I think this was a very interesting commentary on rape culture and the ever-present “what was she wearing” of today’s society. Margaret Atwood’s use of satire was skilled and terrifying, as I realized that some aspects of this book weren’t too far from reality.
Also, the sheer beauty of Atwood’s prose in this book is stunning. Margaret Atwood is one of the most skilled writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Her prose just flows off the page, painting pictures in your mind in ways that are innovative, beautiful, and haunting. There were some sentences in this book that I read three or four times, just because they were so beautiful.
I would definitely recommend all of you to read this book. I’ve heard the show is also good, but this is definitely one of those “read the book first” situations. I loved it, and I definitely think you guys will too.
Final rating- 5/5
Thank you all for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂