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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
"In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning."
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood is probably the most haunting and frightening, yet most exciting dystopian novel I have ever read. It tells the story of Offred, a handmaid, assigned to bear offspring for the Commander and his Wife - part of the highest echelons of society of the Republic of Gilead - formerly United States of America. In the new order of things, women are not allowed to own property, have their own money, and express an opinion, like the olden days.
As for the story's background, the future Republic of Gilead appeared as frightening as can be, and readers are forced to reflect on whether it does hold a bit of truth based on our current state of affairs. Just recently, a tsunami and a very strong earthquake devastated Japan that resulted to a leak from one of their nuclear power plants - the radiation from which was feared to spread to most countries in Asia. While reading the news, I was gripped by a fearful recollection of this book that was so recently read I am slightly doubting that it is just coincidence. However, that may be the paranoid in me speaking. But still, a bit too close to home, right?
Equal parts scary and exciting, this is one book that most readers would probably dread reading but will nevertheless get caught up in, and it would be too late when they find themselves entangled within the context of this story it would leave them sweaty, breathless, nervous, but wanting more.
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