Book three for the new book club is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I've heard the name of this book so many times, but I didn't really know anything about it. Think dystopian novels are new and only for the YA genre? Definitely not. This book is about a woman who has been forced into a position as a handmaid whose purpose it is to provide a fertile womb for a childless husband and wife. Civilization as we know it has fallen and been replaced by a militant theocracy where women are no longer allowed to work, hold property or even read and write.
This book was both horrifying and also really good. I still can't fully decide how I feel about it. When I reached page one-hundred I was tempted to put it away and not finish, but once I reached about the half-way point I really needed to know what would happen. I am so glad I finished it. This is a book that would be wonderful for discussion and I would recommend it to anyone who isn't too faint of heart. A woman I met said she read it in high school and I know for me that would have been far to young. Have you read this one? What did you think?