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Title: The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Genre: Dystopia

No. of pages: Audiobook

Rating: 5/5




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Some books make you laugh hysterically till your sides hurt.

Some books make you aww and you feel happy in your heart.

And some books hit you where it hurts. They make you question the world and fill you with a passion for standing up for what you believe in.

This book did exactly that.

I am a big believer in equality. Despite your gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability, you have a right to fair and equal treatment.

That is why I am a feminist...because I believe in equality.

Now I know there are a lot of misconceptions about feminists and how they're 'bitches' and just out to create issues.

No.

Feminists stand by each other, stand for equality and fight for what they believe in.

Which in my head is how all humans should be right?

A handmaid's tale is a book about Offred, a handmaid whose sole purpose in life is to produce children. She is passed back and forth from high-ranking officials who have sex with her and try to impregnate her.

The story is set in a dystopian future in the US where an extreme sect of Christianity has taken over. Everyone must conform to their rules and if not they're killed. Some Christians have taken offence to the book because they feel like the book is attacking their religion, but honestly? In every sect of people, there are extremists who consider women property, people of another colour below them, and those of different sexuality abominations.

It's a shame that ignorance can be so widespread and powerful.

Boy did this make my blood boil.

When Offred spoke about everything she had to go through, it sounded so matter of fact. She was used to it and didn't question it. It was scary.

I actually listened to this as an audiobook which I would highly recommend. Joanna David does a brilliant job of bringing Offred to life and for me, there was a greater impact because the book is narrated by Offred so when I was listening to the book, it felt like she was speaking to me directly.

The writing was beautiful. you really feel everything Offred is going through and you look through her eyes into this new world and understand how easily she's adapted to it. 

It's shocking.

For me I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it as a must read to everyone. It tackles taboo issues that people are too afraid to talk about and just because we don't talk about those issues, it doesn't mean they are going to away do they?

Do I think this is possible in the 21st century?

100%

Trump is president, isn't he?

But, we are all a lot stronger than we think, we just need to stand together and believe in ourselves.

Then there is nothing we can't do.


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