In the the new world of Gildead, Offred is a handmaid. Her days are spent dressed in long red robes, huge white bonnets, and her only freedom is a daily trip to the market. Prayer, duty, and order are the powers that dictate her life and one thing above all else: she must produce a child for the Commander. For in this new world, declining birth rates have made women with viable ovaries the only women who can have children. But they are never allowed to raise them.
But Offred remembers her life before she was forced to become a handmaid. Though her days are filled with prayer and duty, her mind is always awash with thoughts of her previous life. One filled with her husband, a young daughter, and even her own job and money. But the world is a much different place now and sometimes these memories do more harm than good.
Offred’s life is one of loneliness, fear, and mistrust. Rumors spread like wildfire in Gilead and it’s impossible to tell the difference between a friend and someone who will quickly turn you in to improve their own standing. But a resistance is growing in Gilead, Offred is getting closer and closer to the inner workings of her Commander and the power him and other men control, and each day becomes increasingly more dangerous.
With sharp prose renowned author Margaret Atwood tells a terrifying tale of a dystopian world in the not-so-distant future. Her story of women forced to give up their freedoms and a world filled with distrust, anger, and fear will haunt readers well after the last page is complete. Those who enjoy dystopian fiction or are interested in stories of strong women will enjoy this book that is known as one of Atwood’s most revered works. In addition, readers may also enjoy watching the recently made-for-television series based on the book that is now available through Hulu.