The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in such as individualism and independence.

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  • Andy Yu
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "If you want to understand what a world without women's freedoms is like, this is the book for you! Dark, twisted, and absolutely engrossing... you wont want to put the book down. From the very beginning you are drawn into the lives of the handmaidens, and weirdly also drawn into the lives of the mistresses who are part of the abuse going on in the society. It's closdly resembles the show black mirror, being able to show us what society would be like if one factor was either added or removed. Fantastic! Definitely recommend"
  • Ying Shao
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Handmaid's Tale is a MUST read for anybody but I would say if you are college bound it's the best book you could read. There is a strong sense of independence and individualism that is found in the books that I think make it a strong lead for best fiction book, especially for those heading to college."
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  • Angela Carpenter
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This is a great solution to the topic. This is a New York Times Best Seller and while it has been around a while it is still loved today. It is an amazing story that is loved by many. While all books are subjective to being the best this is one that many people have agreed on that it is one of the bed written by the author. "
  • Ni Zeng
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The plot seems interesting, but I get worried when I read a synopsis like this. It could be done in an engaging and fun way that makes me want to read more, or it could be ultra feminist that pushes an agenda heavy handed."
  • Vishal Sen
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "The result could be a bit better. It needs more sci-fi elements. However, it does have the female lead element I was looking for. It is also available on a good, trustworthy site that I already use"
  • Charles Jacobs
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Handmaid's Tale is a very good book with a female protagonist. It is also non-romance novel and explores women in subjugation and different ways that they gain individualism and independence."
  • Randy Wagner
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Let me start by saying I love dystopian novels, and this is one of the best. Margaret Atwood knows how to tell a story and putting the book down has proven to be a real challenge. Will read it again."
  • Julia Mata
    Written on July 14, 2018
    "I was intrigued by the book after I saw the TV series. I wasn't disappointed at all and I dare say that the book is better, as always. Though it helped me visualize what was happening more because I've seen the series already but to read it being described in the book has a whole new horrific impact for me."
  • José Antonio Áviles
    Written on May 2, 2018
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    Written on May 6, 2018
  • Angela Rice
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This history book is very interesting. This book is based on real story and its described so vividly, and it has a very unique style of writing. I can say that this is a book that is worthy reading it, and knowing this story, problems and challenges of that time."
  • Joe Perry
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "I needed a new book to read, and being a fan of fantasy and dystopian novels, I came across The Handmaid's Tale. I really liked the spin this book had on a dystopia, resulting in a theocratic government rather then zombies or whatever, and I really enjoyed my time reading the book. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the genre looking for something new."
    Roger Hart
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "The Handmaid's Tale is a classic in the dystopian fantasy genre and deservingly so. It's not just a political screed as some have characterized it. It's a rich, literary book with much to say about the human condition."
    John Riley
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "This book is true to the tv series. I love the nonstop suspense. "
  • Willie Garrett
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "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 days 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.... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force."
  • Joseph Hayes
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "If you are a fan of the show, then you have to read The Handmaid's Tale! I'm one of those people who feels like I am part of the world anstory is set in when I read, and you just don't get that with TV like you do with a book. Atwood really makes you feel like you are trapped in an alternate reality."
  • Anna Simmons
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "The Handmaid's Tale is a fantastic read, especially given real-life current events. The book appears to be aimed at young women, but don't let that discourage you from reading! It's a very compelling read that highlights important issues. This book really helped me reexamine how I perceive certain events and situations."
    Larry Carlson
    Written on June 25, 2017
    "I found The Handmaid's Tale to be a gripping work of fiction of a dystonian future in which women have little to zero rights. I was a great introspection into what has been and what could be."
    Gerald Coleman
    Written on April 27, 2017
    "The Handmaid's Tale is a book that will have you hanging on the edge of your seat. The characters go through some of the worse case scenarios one can think of and its beautifully written."
  • Jane Tran
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Really good! I have noticed that men and women react to it differently, which is very interesting to me as a third-generation feminist. Men tend to read it as a far-fetched fantasy. Women find it less far-fetched, and feel it cutting very close to the nerve."
    Jesse King
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "It was sad reading The Handmaid's Tale and how repressed women of that era were. Any small step toward being able to express themselves or gain some freedom was a major event. "
  • Wayne Bishop
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It solved the problem very well."
  • Phillip Hanson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The main character, Offred (literally of Fred named after the Commander she serves) is the perfect blend of weak and strong. She tells us of her past and says, “When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.” But her life is not beautiful. And Atwood straddles the line of past and present, sending back and forth in a way that keeps you wanting more. Just as Offred wants more. Just as we all want more for ourselves and the generations of women coming after us."
  • Zhao Song
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "Not the best gift by any stretch of the imagination. Perhaps Jean from accounting may secretly desire to get a book for Christmas, but everyone else? Nope you got it. Getsomebody a bottle of bourbon and get the party started, not this."
    Kevin Ford
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "This is a good book, and a good idea. Some may like it, while others don't but you can't really go wrong with this choice."
  • Jason West
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "As a guy, I never would have picked this up on my own. My wife read it and asked me to read it too. All I can say is wow. I could not put this book down. There are so many things in this book that are actual parallels to things happening today. For a book that was first released in the 80's this is quite relevant today. Guys, forget your manly pride and give this a read. You'll be glad you did."
    Rajesh Patel
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "I was looking for a feminist book that peaked my interest. After searching online for a while, I found The Handmaid's Tale and was pleasantly surprised."
    Theresa Fuller
    Written on July 14, 2017
    "Very good book, should be on any high school teacher's reading list."
  • Douglas Hansen
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Biopunk seems like a genre that isn't very popular but is a subgrenre that really interests people. This book is actually really popular, has a recognizable cover, is affordable, and is actually rated on amazon charts. This can easily fulfill this topic with ease."
    Frances Webb
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This genre is relatively small and unknown but is still quite liked by those familiar with it. I think this book can easily fulfill this topic as it covers almost all aspects of the topic being asked."
    Carol Gray
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Don't get me wrong, I love the Handmaid's Tale. But I'm not sure "biopunk" is the right category for it. While it's a distopian, and women's bodies are controlled, it's not by a mechanical means."
  • Harold Garrett
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "The book was one of the best fantasy books for a long time. But the reason that the book became famous is that the TV series named same as the book The Handmaid's Tale. People who does not know this book may prefer reading it after watching the TV series."
    Larry Hopkins
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "The Handmaid's Tale is one of the best sci-fi books written this century. It is hitting a little close to come with the current political situation. Now is a great time to read it before you watch the show on Netflix."
    Bryan Miller
    Written on May 31, 2017
    "This was one of the most original fantasy books I've ever read. The plot kept me going along. I highly recommend this to anybody who loves fantasy books."
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