Hey guys! This week I will be reviewing The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Original release date: 1985
Page count: 311
My rating: 3/5 stars
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood tells the story of a women named Offred who lives in a dystopian society where women are given no rights. Only around for breeding purposes, women are greatly oppressed and are treated like property, not allowed to read, leave on there own, or even speak freely. Offred now must manipulate the strange commander and his controlling wife in hopes of escaping and earning back her freedom.
Let's start with some of the positives. For one, Margaret Atwood has a fabulous writing style of bits broken up into paragraph or page long bits. These bits all consider different bits of the plot, touching on various bits and bouncing from past to present. She uses this to set a solid background, sculpting the story out the further we go. By doing this, the reader feels like they are peeling back a new piece of information with every page.
Another part if the novel that was very enjoyable was the the universe that it was set in. Mrs. Atwood utilizes real events that were happening during the time she wrote the novel, and pushes them to severity. Her characters live in a world with a new government, the whisperings of a sickness that destroyed women's uteruses, and the threat of a mysterious place over the fence where people are sent. These different elements paired with her great story telling skills makes the story feel more immersive.
The characters in the novel were also interesting, each with there own distinct backstories and secrets. You always seem to be unsure of character's motives because of the secretive feel of the society. But, this only furthers the reading experience when something unexpected happens.
Now, the reason why I give this book only three stars is simple, the ending is a huge let down. Throughout the whole novel, the author is constantly build up the story and creating so many different directions that it can go. With random things she mentions once and never again to actions that don't really get an explanation, there are so many different directions where she could take the story. But, instead of doing something strange yet amazing to end the book, she goes with the most obvious ending possible. Now, I won't say what the ending is but if you think about what the most obvious ending for this book is, that is most likely it.
I recommend this book for anyone looking for a new feminist dystopian read. But, be warned that this book gets kinky at some points and has a fair amount of sex in it. Also, if you are looking for an epic ending, try to curve your excitement. The author has a fabulous writing style though, so if you are reading to discover new styles, definitely check it out.
I hope that you guys enjoyed that review! Once again, if there are any books that you would like me to review, please let me know down in the comments below.
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