The Handmaid’s Tale

Hooray for banned books! This was the second and final banned book that I read for Banned Books Week. I’d been wanting to read this one for years, and I’m SO happy that I FINALLY did! It’s a quick read and a great creepy dystopian tale. It’s very eerie how the plot of this story faintly parallels what’s happening currently with Planned Parenthood, women’s rights, Islamic terrorist, and other social issue.

I can’t compare the handmaids to slaves, because they willingly (not that there were a lot of options for women) chose their paths. In this near future society woman basically have no rights. Their main purpose is to bear children. They have no personal belongings, can not read books, and can not have any friends or personal relationships. I enjoyed not liking the main character, and although she lives in such a horrid time, it’s hard to feel compassion for her due to her actions/choices in her former life.

It’s a quick read, and a good story. The writing is just alright, but something was missing. There was a lack of connection. But with what exactly? I am not sure. Maybe because so many questions weren’t answered. It wasn’t horrible, and I rather enjoyed the story aside from the ending, which leaves you to draw your own conclusions as to who or how the final events were brought on, and what the fallout was from those events. The ending is just one big question mark that I could have done without. Even with these less than stellar points I enjoyed it, and recommend it.

Have you guys read it? Do you think it’s worth the hype?

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