The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale #1

Margaret Atwood

fiction Dystopian Science Fiction
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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...

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Rape (9 reviewers), Sexism (7 reviewers), Violence (6 reviewers), Misogyny (6 reviewers), Sexual assault (5 reviewers), Infertility (4 reviewers), Sexual content (3 reviewers), Sexual violence (3 reviewers), Death (3 reviewers), Torture (2 reviewers), Slavery (2 reviewers), Forced institutionalization (2 reviewers), Emotional abuse (2 reviewers), Miscarriage (1 reviewer), Religious bigotry (1 reviewer), Toxic relationship (1 reviewer), Grief (1 reviewer), Self harm (1 reviewer), Body shaming (1 reviewer), Physical abuse (1 reviewer), Confinement (1 reviewer), Suicide (1 reviewer), and Adult/minor relationship (1 reviewer)

Moderate

Infertility (4 reviewers), Sexism (3 reviewers), Suicide (3 reviewers), Violence (2 reviewers), Sexual content (2 reviewers), Rape (2 reviewers), Sexual violence (2 reviewers), Miscarriage (1 reviewer), Kidnapping (1 reviewer), Child death (1 reviewer), Trafficking (1 reviewer), Suicidal thoughts (1 reviewer), Slavery (1 reviewer), Forced institutionalization (1 reviewer), Gun violence (1 reviewer), and Emotional abuse (1 reviewer)

Minor

Miscarriage (2 reviewers), Suicide (2 reviewers), Religious bigotry (1 reviewer), Misogyny (1 reviewer), Sexual content (1 reviewer), Animal death (1 reviewer), Infertility (1 reviewer), Kidnapping (1 reviewer), Sexual assault (1 reviewer), Rape (1 reviewer), Infidelity (1 reviewer), and Suicidal thoughts (1 reviewer)


Moods

dark 88%
tense 57%
reflective 52%
challenging 48%
emotional 45%
sad 37%
mysterious 18%
informative 6%
inspiring 5%
adventurous 3%
hopeful 3%
funny 1%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 59%
slow 32%
fast 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 55% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 14% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 51% | No: 30% | Yes: 16% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 60% | Yes: 19% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 56% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 17% | N/A: 0%

Average rating

4.19
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