Offred is a handmaid under the new Republic of Gilead. She can only leave the house once a day to get food, she is accompanied by another handmaid and surrounded by guards to ensure she does not attempt an escape. The supermarket has pictures instead of signs because women are no longer allowed to read. Offred must perform “the ceremony” once a month and hope her commander gets her pregnant- because women are only of value if they can produce children. But Offred remembers a time before- time when she was June Osbourne. She had her own job, her own money and her own loving husband who she shared a life with. She had a daughter who she adored and protected. This is the story of her life both before and during Gilead.
I got this book after watching the first series of the TV show. The book follows the events of season 1. I adored this book. Not because the story was happy but because it shows what can happen when a group of people with extreme ideas are given power. It is interesting to read a book set in the future. The story is told in two different time frames- before and during Gilead and it shows how when people didn’t take notice things suddenly changed. One day June lost her job because women could no longer work, then she couldn’t access her bank account and then women are being gathered up based on their fertility. We don’t really see the depth of June’s character that we see on the show but that’s understandable because the show has moved past the events of the book. I really feel like everybody should read this book- it honestly changed my world outlook. So looking forward to the release of the sequel, the testaments, later this month.