In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist’s nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over the “morally fit” Wives,
The tale is told by Offred (read: “of Fred”), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be. (from Goodreads)
I watched the series, I loved the series, I kind of obsessed with the series while I was watching it, so I went after the book. After knowing that there would be a second season, I thought I’d see in the book how the story would continue. Well, guess what? If you read the book you probably know this but for me was mindblowing: the book ends just where the first season ends. So now what?
The book doesn’t actually end there, there’s then an appendix which was very interesting. As we understand, the Republic of Gilead is presented as the quite near future of the United States. The appendix happens quite some time after that, when there’s now what seems to be lots and lots of scholars who work, research and write about the Republic of Gilead. So the appendix is a transcription of a conference in where the Handmaid’s tale is treated, because apparently this “tale” is a transcription of some recordings found hidden in a safe house. In this conference, the scholars hypothesize about what could happen the Offred after the ending of the tale and how she got to record her story.
I love altered history and made up investigations and bibliography.