Review: The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood


The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

Title: The Handmaid’s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Release Date: March 16, 1985

Publisher: Anchor Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 311

Source: BF

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

3 out of 5 stars


I had such high hopes for this book, and they fell a little short. I am usually quite fond of dystopian novels, but this one was SO HARD for me to get into. It felt like every time I had to stop reading I left the world more than I usually do with books.

This novel follows Offred who is a Handmaid for her Commander and his wife. Her sole purpose is to get pregnant from the Commander, so then he and his wife can have a child. She gets held down once a month during her most fertile time while the Commander mindlessly has sex with her. She is the last hope for the Commander and his wife, but Offred can’t help but remember her own husband and her child from before this time of being a Handmaid.

The premise of this book is so unique and very interesting, but I don’t think the execution was what it could have been. Nothing happened until 250 pages in! I wanted some action, or at least a little plot. I felt bad for Offred, but I also was kind of confused while reading this. I don’t know the extent of her relationship with the Commander, and I’m sure that’s intentional, but I think too much was left unsaid for me to fully enjoy this book.

I might watch the TV show because I feel like this would translate much better with actors on a screen rather and words on a page, but I’m not going to jump right into it. Again, I really enjoyed the concept of this story, but it took way too long for anything to happen.

I was unsure about the purpose of the party other than the fact that she saw Moira again. Was that the whole reason? I feel like there had to be some underlying moral or message to that, but it must have just gone right over my head.

The ending seemed lackluster to me. She gives in to society and the people around her. I wanted a rebellion. I wanted SOMETHING to happen with her and the other people that were with her. I don’t knowwwwww. I wanted to love this. I really did.

All in all, I think this was an okay book. I enjoyed some parts of it, but I was mostly confused. I think part of it is that I didn’t like Margaret Atwood’s writing style. You should totally give this a try if you’re into dystopian, but maybe lower your expectations just a little tiny bit.

Review: Perfect (Flawed #2) – Cecelia Ahern


Perfect (Flawed #2) – Cecelia Ahern

Perfect (Flawed, #2)

Title: Perfect (Flawed #2)

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Release Date: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 352

Source: Netgalley

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured–all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick–the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret–one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people.

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?

4 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Netgalley and Feiwel & Friends publishing for allowing me to review this for my blog!

This is the second book in the Flawed series, if you haven’t read that book, you probably shouldn’t read this review as it could contain spoilers for the first in the series. You have been warned…

This book starts out with Celestine getting away from the Whistleblowers and having to leave her family behind in order to keep them safe. The story escalates quickly as she realizes she needs to find Carrick, her cell-mate from the Flawed prison. Celestine is aided by her Granddad and his friends, and finds Carrick.

She travels to a hidden bunker to start figuring out what to do and how to save all the Flawed from the wrongdoings of society. They come up with a plan to help everyone, and it involves a secret video. A video that Judge Crevan is after her for. He’s willing to do anything in order for the footage to not be released, and Celestine is willing to do anything to not let him have it.

This is a wonderful end to this dystopian duology by Cecelia Ahern. As stated above, I got this book for review, and it officially comes out on April 4th. I am so happy to have read this, because I really enjoyed the first book of this series. YA dystopian always have a special place for me because I can fly through them, and it’s so fun to root for the rebellion that is bound to happen. This is was a very typical second book in a dystopian series in that sense. This book was very political, and it was really interesting to me because of that. One complaint I have about this book is there was a little insta-love.

Okay, okay. I understand that Celestine and Carrick knew each other from the prison, but it was a little cheesy at some points. There was one super cute scene between them, though. Celestine is such a badass main character and I love reading from her perspective. The whole story is based on her wanting to change the way that people think about society, so she has to be strong. She was a very believable character to me.

Overall I enjoyed this book. If you’re in the mood for a dystopian, definitely check out this series!

Series:

Flawed (Flawed #1)