Wow! An eerie, almost prescient read, especially with the way US society and politics has been going right now.
Women are only useful if they can bree...moreWow! An eerie, almost prescient read, especially with the way US society and politics has been going right now.
Women are only useful if they can breed. Due to major environmental issues, along the lines of nuclear, radioactivity, and a lessening of governmental restrictions on chemicals and such that harm us and our environment, most of the US population is sterile. A takeover by Christian extremists has thrown everyone back into a glorified Christian empire, where women stay home, and the few remaining women who might be able to breed are "handmaiden's" to get babies on. And not well at that.
The book tends to ramble, like it's the main character just getting her thoughts down, rather than a biographer doing the work. It kind of just ends, uneventfully, with no real bang, but quite honestly, it's rather spooky because of it. A very powerful message. (less)