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

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 90%
tense 59%
reflective 52%
emotional 41%
challenging 40%
sad 38%
mysterious 24%
adventurous 7%
informative 5%
inspiring 4%
hopeful 3%
funny 1%

Pace

medium 54%
slow 36%
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?

It's complicated: 49% | No: 29% | Yes: 19% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 61% | It's complicated: 16% | Yes: 16% | N/A: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 34% | Yes: 33% | It's complicated: 28% | N/A: 2%

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