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How similar is this book to The Handmaid's Tale?
Eliatan Eliatan Feb 09, 2014 03:35PM
Reading the reviews, the plot sound very similar to Margaret Atwood's classic, The Handmaid's Tale. Has anyone read both of these books who can compare and contrast?



Dysmonia (last edited Mar 21, 2014 05:19PM ) Mar 21, 2014 05:19PM   0 votes
The dystopian near-future in which Archetype is set is amazingly like the one in The Handmaid's Tale. In Archetype, many of society's problems are the same -- namely, female infertility -- they are just dealt with a little differently (but a lot the same), and the main character's predicament (and therefore the way the plot unfolds) is from a different perspective. I fully expect a lot of readers to cry foul on Margaret Atwood's behalf. Archetype is sort of what would happen if Atwood decided to include bodice-ripping sex scenes in her books. These "romantic" asides, by the way, are pretty gross.

In summation, Archetype could almost be a story within the world Atwood created in The Handmaid's Tale. The more I think about it, the more accurate that description seems to me.


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