The Handmaid’s Tale – Review

688954I have given two of my most recent reads a rating of two stars, so in an effort to stop grinding myself down with dull books, I decided to stop reading The Handmaid’s Tale after a little over 100 pages. However, I need to keep the review train going, so I’m electronically scribbling a few of my thoughts down while the book is still fresh on my mind.

I have been eager to read The Handmaid’s Tale for years and finally decided to pick it up from my library in the hopes of finishing the book before starting the Hulu series over the summer. I was especially eager to read this and compare it to Folsom by Tarryn Fisher and Willow Aster.  Unfortunately, this book had the painful feeling of a summer read for English class. I was hoping for excitement and that traditional eeriness of a dystopian novel. Instead, I was left completely wanting and wishing for a read similar to Folsom! The writing felt entirely disjointed, constantly switching between memories or “stories” and the present time. However, there was not much of an indication of when the switch would happen, making me wonder what the heck was happening half of the time.

The story feels almost entirely pointless and as if a huge opportunity for a great novel was missed. Like many “classic” novels, I can’t seem to wrap my brain around how this one was able to make it onto so many shelves. The idea is terrific, exceptional and haunting even, but the writer’s inability to convey her ideas in a cohesive way was a huge disappointment. I felt as if I was reading tedious words on tedious pages instead of watching a movie in my mind. At this point, I’m reluctant to even check out the TV show based on the poor execution of the book.

I’m facing my biggest book slump of 2018 right now and cannot seem to get into anything. I need a cleansing of the palate to appreciate reading again or this summer is going to leave me in a rut.

Purchase on Amazon!


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