The Handmaid's Tale: A Book Review

by , Wednesday June 21, 2017
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The Handmaid's Tale: A Book Review

Review of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Much like the TV series it's based on, this novel has piqued our interest. Read Molly Looby's review of the book

 

 

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one option: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire — neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

 

 

I am ashamed that it’s taken me this long to pick up The Handmaid’s Tale, a book my friend told me to read five years ago! I don’t know what took me so long. I knew this would be a book I would love. And oh wow was I right.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale is like nothing I’ve ever read in the most unbelievable way. It’s the story of Offred and her present situation, with bits and pieces of the past woven in. It is addictive and terrifying all at the same time. I got stuck in within a few pages, and I just wanted to read and read and read and learn more. I was so fascinated by the whole idea. I read huge chunks at a time. I couldn’t stop myself.

 

The society in The Handmaid’s Tale is so foreign to us, but so believable, and that’s where the true terror lies. That’s why so many are fascinated with this story and can read it over and over again. It’s because we can see how something like this could happen. It’s because we’re afraid.

 

Offred is a great narrator, and I was rooting for her at all times. The loneliness that seeped into the narrative without being directly mentioned was phenomenal. And I felt every ounce of it. I lived inside this book from start to finish.

 

What can I say? I loved every page. It was gripping and terrifying and captivating. A must-read.

 

 

      5/5 stars

 

 

Thanks Molly Looby for writing this review

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