If the world as it is now isn't scary enough for you, that which is presented in Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale, is likely to turn reality as it is and cut it off at the knees. In The Handmaid's Tale the U.S. government has been overthrown by Christianity to form a theocracy that has ruled that women cannot read and the few that remain are forced to become breeding machines to serve the higher purposes of the state. A dramatic departure from Atwood's previous novels, this one is likely to earn her the distinction of being a dystopian powerhouse.
The handmaid’s tale is a novel that is set in future, and it describes what was once referred to as the United States. The resulting creation is a Monotheocracy that is known as the Republic of Gilead, which is now reacting to the reducing birthrates and social unrest in the city. The regime takes the Book of Genesis at its word with immense consequences for the citizens of their population. More so, this story is told through the eyes of Offred, who is one of the oppressed handmaids under the new social government.