Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's TaleTo be honest, I’m not sure how I’ve gone so long without reading this book. For some reason I had it in my mind that this book was written several hundred years ago, but I know better now. It was actually published in the mid-1980s. Learning something new all the time.

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian text that tackles feminist issues. It tells the story of a woman, going by the name of Offred, who serves as a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. As she completes her duties in this new society she reflects on the way that things used to be for her and her family. I don’t want to give too much away because part of the fun of the book is figuring out how this new society operates, so I will conclude this summary with this quote:

“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”

My rating: 5/5 stars. Dystopian literature is one of my favorite genres, and this reminded me of why I like the genre so much. This book explores feminist issues, which are important to me, in a way that broadened my perspective. I had a fun time reading this book as I tried to figure out how the society operated, yet I also felt discomfort at what society had become and, perhaps even more importantly, why society had become that way. I would recommend this book to people interested in feminism and to
fans of dystopia.

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