The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

Shelfie Score: 55%

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Publisher: Random House
Pages: 336


NOW A SMASH-HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SERIES WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM MARGARET ATWOOD 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. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful vision of the future gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's irony,...

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The first Atwood book I've read and an author I will now look to read more of. A speculative fiction novel that looks at a future US where certain women have been turned into breeding machines after mass infertility breaks out, which causes a war (off page) and extremist dictators are in charge. A really dark and unique idea written with extremely chilling and atmospheric prose, and a novel that feels so modern and relevant even though it was written 25+ years ago.

Leigha's Little Library

I did not like this book the first time I read when I was younger. I do want to give it another chance.

Cecilia Carmichael

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Bookaxe Characteristics for The Handmaid's Tale

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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