11 hrs and 22 mins
Chilling, Terrifying, Brilliant. An instant classic.
Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
STAR RATINGS GUIDE
Gilead is a nightmare brought to life and done so spectacularly by Margaret Atwood's incredible writing. This is an exploration of humanity with all its flaws and one done incredibly well.
It's the little details that really hit you. The changed names of the women, the forced greetings. Especially when Offred talks about her life before, a life we all recognise. The book doesn't go into enough detail as to the steps it took to get society to that place although that has since been addressed by the TV show.
I didn't love Offred as a person, but that was part of what made it brilliant. Even given this, I rooted for her, felt her pain.
Confession: I haven't read the sequel yet. I'm worried it might ruin the original.