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The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Author: Margaret Atwood

Started: February 21, 2023

Finished: February 24, 2023

Format: Kindle

Genre: Dystopian

Offred is a member of the Commander's household in the Republic of Gilead. She serves one purpose and one purpose only to the family - to bear them a child. Once this has happened, she will leave that family and attempt to give birth to another child for another Commander's family. Offred remembers the time before she was just a vessel to fill for other families.

I had high hope for this book and hoped it would capture my interest immediately, but that was not the case. While the thought process behind Gilead is alarming, especially considering today's political climate, I found the idea that all of this could happen with very few warning signs beforehand. Also, the story made it seem like the women just accepted without a fight. Maybe the issue is I read this book through feminist eyes, knowing that I would fight like hell for my daughter's and my life and freedom. With rare exceptions, there is no one attempting to fight to change the lives of women and I found that concept without merit.

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