The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

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In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist’s nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the “morally fit” Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: “of Fred”), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be.

This is a powerful book. I would get chills reading it! There are elements to this society that could be possible in our future. This is very similar to Feed in that it could happen. Recommended to high school readers. – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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