The dark humour and attention to detail that Atwood is known for is definitely one of the strong points of this book. It just made the crazy things happening seem more realistic. Really, it’s one of the best dystopias I’ve ever read, and I do love them, so that’s saying a lot.
I had to start reading this book more than once before it really caught me. I think that I just needed to get past those first few pages before I was sure that I could really follow along and enjoy it.
The Handmaid’s Tale blew my freaking socks off back then, and it did it again now.
The basic premise of the story seems a bit far-fetched … and yet it isn’t, especially as years go on and the conservative Christian right gets stronger and more militant in the United States.
There are many authors that I respect very deeply, or whose work I enjoy, but few of them are writers…
While Oryx and Crake was told from the point of view of Jimmy and focused largely on the events that took place, especially what led up to the pandemic, The Year of the Flood focuses more on the lives of other characters, especially the God’s Gardeners, and is told from the alternating perspectives of Toby and Ren. The story is more about how the characters lived before the pandemic, why they survived it, and how they are continuing to live and trying to figure out what to do in a world where they’re not sure if there is anyone else alive.