Well, before I start this off I just want to clarify that this review might sound pretty weird and out of order but that is literally how the book is and i honestly had to take notes because there is a lot going on in this novel.
The Novel takes place in the United States somewhere in the near future. The U.S government was overtaken by this new religious, male chauvinistic organization that goes by the name of “The Republic of Gilead” and these fools don’t mess around. They completely stripped women of their basic rights and then some. Meaning that they are not able to read or write, own property, have a job, etc. Reasons behind the overtake of the U.S government: Pollution, Infertility Rates sky-rocketing, Violence (mostly domestic), Sexual Diseases. They create the service of handmaids, which is where women are assigned to married couples simply to serve as a child bearer for the couple.
The story starts off with Offred a handmaid that works for The Commander Fred and his wife Serena Joy. Every month while Offred was ovulating the commander would have intercourse with her while Serena was sitting behind Offred holding her hand and stuff, honestly some freaky dieky stuff going on. The reason Offred was turned to a handmaid was because she was trying to escape the country with her secret lover, Luke, to which they had a child right before Gilead rose to power but they were caught and separated to where Offred was sent to a re-education center to where she is “taught” to become civil servants to males and only bear their children.
The novel goes back and forth with flashbacks from Offred’s past and what is happening in the present. The novel is constructed in fragments that basically represent the life of Offred, there is a sense of distortion throughout the novel because i think the author is trying to put the reader in Offred’s shoes. In the sense of creating confusion and uncertainty to what is going on, not knowing what is present and what is past. Making the reader as confused and annoyed as Offred.
“I’m sorry there is so much pain in this story. I’m sorry it’s in fragments, like a body caught in crossfire, or pulled apart by force”
In conclusion, if you just like drama that involves a whole set of characters you have to keep up with then go right ahead, if not….. still read the book, it demonstrates the importance of women and how we (as men) should appreciate all that women do and have done through out existence. And if you keep neglecting them then the novel might be a result of what might happen.
Word Count: 465