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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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it was amazing

This was a little hard to get into at first. The narrative is a slow-burner for me, becoming more intense as Offred (the main character) seems to awaken to the reality she now inhabits. As far as post-apocalyptic fiction goes, though, this is something I couldn't have read at a better time.
A series of events has seen women subjugated and slotted into roles- basically, wives, breeders or renegades. Offred is in the reviled yet revered position of a woman destined to have babies to repopulate a decimated society. As the story progresses, we learn a little of what lead up to her current status and more about the state of the society and government. Without giving too much away, do yourself a favour and push through if you find it slow to start. Very thought-provoking.
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Reading Progress

February 1, 2017 – Started Reading
February 1, 2017 – Finished Reading
April 18, 2017 – Shelved

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