It follows the tale of a 33 year old handmaid named Offred who simply wants the best of her friends. They all want babies and want to be able to keep them. Hard to do so with all these new rules that may lead to being hung in the long run. There is also a barbed wire fence. So is this an escape from reality book? No, but there are a lot of rules that seem over exaggerated in the papers and to the people who have to follow them. For the years or so that go through this book as quickly as a family of six devouring a cake, people go to church, relationships get a bit tricky, and more unfairness for girls ensues.
Offred says goodbye to a few people and meets others, including a Commander where half the time, he seems to want to marry her, the other time not as persistent and just a good friend. Offred is not really anyone new that we've ever met. Like a police intersecting witnesses, she portrays everything mysterious and fills out more details that I could ever put in a novel if my life depended on it. The conversations, in which there are lots, are anything but plain, everything in Offred's head giving out accurate comparisons, and thinking a lot about different smells. So it's safe to say that this book is intended for an audience of adults who frequently go to church, emphasizing unfairness. I bet that if I was one of these people, I would've appreciated it more. The fact that some teenagers will be forced to read this novel and take notes is tragic, because they'll likely see it as a forced assignment and miss out on Margaret Atwood's fascinating and surprisingly compelling paragraphs.