This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. This book was published in 1985 by McClelland & Stewart and has a page count of 311 pages. The audiobook is read by Claire Danes and is 11 hours & 1 minute in length. The following overview is provided from the B&N page: In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic.
This book is a lot of things all at the same time. It is brilliant, terrifying, and inspiring. It doesn’t matter how many times I read this book. It still gives me chills, makes my stomach knot, and on the edge of my seat. I love the narration style of this as it adds to the tension within the novel. I highly recommend this book, especially to those that are fans of dystopian stories.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Myeisha L. Thomas. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult fantasy novel, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!
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