Reading about oppressive government regimes—or even a giant brain telepathically controlling an entire planet—stokes the fire in our souls. And witnessing citizens rebel against the status quo offers hope for the future, even if that rebellion proves unsuccessful. With that in mind, books in a more post-apocalyptic or survivalist vein The Road have not been included.
Any deviations from the government's strict interpretations of Christian behavior are harshly punished. Offred, the main character, is cut off from the normal flows of information that one would have access to in a free society, such as newspapers or magazines.
She has to assume she is being spied The Handmaid's Tale is set in a dystopian near-future world where reactionary Christian fundamentalists have seized control of the government and set up a totalitarian theocracy.
She has to assume she is being spied on and be extremely careful about what she says. She is forced to pass dead bodies hanging on walls as she goes to market. The bodies are graphic reminders of the power of the state and are meant to terrify people into obedience. Offred has no control over her body or destiny.
She is a handmaid, forced to sleep with a commander, a powerful man in this society, because his older wife is infertile. Infertility is a serious problem, and Offred's having had a child consigns her to the fate of being treated as a breeding machine.
Her own child has been taken from her. The commander is married, sex is conducted according to a joyless ritual that involves the wife, and Offred knows that should she have a child, it will be given to the wife.
She will then be sent away to breed with another man.
If she does not get pregnant, she will be sent to clean up toxic waste. Even in the best of circumstances, women have no rights in this society.
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