The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale #1

Margaret Atwood

fiction classics literary speculative fiction dark reflective slow-paced

344 pages | first published 1985

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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 ...
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Moods

dark 91%
tense 57%
reflective 50%
challenging 45%
emotional 40%
sad 39%
mysterious 22%
adventurous 6%
informative 4%
inspiring 4%
hopeful 3%
funny 0%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 54%
slow 37%
fast 8%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 48% | A mix: 36% | Plot: 13% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 44% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 20% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 48% | No: 32% | Yes: 16% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 63% | It's complicated: 16% | Yes: 15% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 43% | No: 27% | It's complicated: 26% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

4.19