Before we get into the actual review can we take a moment to appreciate this edition of The Handmaid’s Tale?
I MEAN LOOK AT IT. IT’S BEAUTIFUL
It has red sprayed pages too. This book is just divine.
Okay, okay. Onto the review:
Synopsis: The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like 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.
Plot: The Handmaid’s Tale has a slow but intriguing plot. Not a lot goes on, it’s a fairly short book but the interest of the world kept me hooked. The world is terrifying in this novel, women have been stripped of the rights and reduced to be baby-making machines for other people. I can see some 1984 vibes throughout the novel, however, I enjoyed this book so much more! I found the world interesting and eerie.
I would really have liked to know more about the world, like why the population was going down, what was causing infertility? Did this just happen in America?
I can’t say it was an ‘enjoyable’ story, as it is a sad story, but it is a very good book. It’s definitely one to get you thinking.
Characters: Offred – I did like Offred, her real name is unknown, the handmaids are stripped of their identity and name in order to further dehumanise them. I really felt for Offred, I could definitely sympathise with her. I don’t know what I’d do in her position. I did root for her, she deserved to be happy. I hate that there is no sequel!
One of the side characters I really enjoyed was Moira, she was pretty cool. She’s feisty, brave and doesn’t take crap. I wish I could’ve known what happened to her.
Overall: I think this is a really great book but I wish it was a series. I just hate not knowing. The book is a standalone novel, yet ends on a cliffhanger. It’s so frustrating! I so wish this was a series, the ending really made it feel that way.The ended is the reason I gave it a 4-star rating if it had a sequel or had Offred’s full story I would’ve given 5/5.
I did hear a rumour there may be a sequel, I’m praying it’s true, Margaret Atwood recently changed the ending to this book for the audiobook. I am so so hoping there will be a sequel!!
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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