The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale #1

Margaret Atwood

fiction classics dystopian literary dark reflective tense medium-paced

324 pages | first published 1985

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The Republic of Gilead offers Offered only one option: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither ...
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Moods

dark 90%
tense 59%
reflective 53%
emotional 41%
challenging 40%
sad 38%
mysterious 24%
adventurous 7%
informative 5%
inspiring 4%
hopeful 3%
funny 1%

Pace

medium 54%
slow 35%
fast 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 42% | Character: 41% | Plot: 14% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 40% | It's complicated: 35% | No: 22% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

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