The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Summary: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

I decided that it was time to push through this book, I stopped reading before not because it is a bad book, but because it makes me sad.  This book is a work of fiction for me, but there are millions of women around the world that do not have basic rights because of religion.  I avoid religion talks because it is such a complex issue, but that doesn’t mean a book can strike a cord with me and make me not want to read it.

I can’t believe I did not finish this book the first time I tried to read this book. This is a dystopian world that I feel can happen and that is the crazy thing. It really is a book that will mess with you head. For speculative fiction there are circumstances in this book that are currently happening. Now I am knocking religion or anything… that is not what I am doing here… but this book’s world is a result of religion extremism and we do experience this everyday in our world.

There isn’t much I can say about this book that has not already been said, but I can tell you this book is amazing and I can’t believe I did not finish it the first time around. Amazing read.

Note: I tagged this book as set in Maine, this is a fiction world but it is noted in the historical section at the end of the book the area use to be “Maine”

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