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'm going to be honest and say that I struggled with this book. I was super excited to read it because of all of the hype, especially when the series came out but this didn't live up to it in my opinion. It is quite a short book but it took me over 10 days to read it...I'm a fast reader, I tend to read most books in 2 or 3 days. I just struggled to get into it and found that I only started to like it in the last few chapters.
I will say that Atwood is an extremely talented writer and clearly has an amazing imagination, so this book wouldn't put me off reading her other books. I just couldn't connect with the characters in this book and I found it hard to imagine the world that Atwood was describing.
I really tried to like it as it seemed everyone else in the world did and I did finish the book but in the end, it just wasn't for me.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
A lot of effort
It has potential
““When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.”
I didn't really connect with any of the characters in this book.