A Librarian Reads…

The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault

Offred used to have a different name—and a different life—but that doesn’t matter anymore. All that matters now is following the rules and continuing to survive. She is a handmaid, selected by the Republic of Gilead to make a baby for the Commander and his wife. She has accepted this role, and yet she remembers. She remembers the time before, when women could have jobs and hold their own money, when she had a husband and daughter of her own, before the wars and destruction and chemicals. She is torn between trying to hold on to those memories and accept her fate. But this new world she finds herself in isn’t as perfect as the government would have everyone believe, and soon Offred will have to make some impossible choices.

This graphic novel, based on the novel of the same name, is both accessible and haunting. The colors, alternatingly vivid and subdued, add to the mood of the story. For those who have not yet read the novel, it is a great introduction, and for those who have it provides a different perspective. Recommended for readers in high school and up who are fans of classic dystopian novels and the TV show based on the novel.

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