commonly described as a feminist horror story, i would 100% believe that. this book terrified me and gave me chills from the moment I realized what was going on.
this book follows a woman named Offred who is a handmaid to a couple who can’t have children of their own, it’s her responsibility to produce a child for them. i won’t go into the details of this arrangement because its one of those things you find out about naturally through the course of the story.
the main i have to say about this book is its phenomenal story-telling ability. tbh not a lot actually happens in the main story until the very end of the book when things go crazy. throughout most of it, you are switching between present day and the past, leading up to how this society of Gilead was formed and how Offred – that’s not her real name – became a handmaid in the first place. this is the big mystery of the book, they feed you in scraps of information that you slowly piece together until about 75% of the way through when you get a lot of her personal story at once. i was enamored and actually read the 200 pages of it in one sitting because i couldn’t put the book down, i was absolutely hooked.
i read this as part of a buddy read with a coworker who will probably finish the book tonight, i can’t wait to see what she thinks of it. i will warn you that the ending is not really so much an ending, it felt more of an exit stage right that never had closure. but oddly enough, i was okay with the end.
i am looking forward to the show, they are rumored to have added more material that isn’t explicitly shown in the book. i can’t wait to see how they adapted her story-telling style of switching between present day and the past, it was a unique way of keeping the reader hooked. i think the show will shock a lot of people, there’s a lot more going on than the surface originally shows. the more you think about all of it, the more horrified you become at what they have done to those women. the scariest part of all of it is how real it feels because Offred is so honest with the reader, she doesn’t really hide anything from them about how things work in Gilead. however, she seems to have passively accepted this dystopian society while the reader just stares at the book in horror that this could ever become a reality.
also, trying a new style. this is how i’ve been writing my goodreads updates and reviews for the last couple of weeks. i know its silly but the lack of capital letters is oddly calming, hope you don’t find it too difficult to read. until next time, stay lovely!