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The Last Man by Mary Shelley: Bleakly Imaginative Dystopian

Rating: 2.5 stars

Category: Classics, Dystopian

Synopsis: In an England of the future, Lionel Verney is a poor shepherd boy when he is befriended by Adrian, Earl of Windsor and Raymond, a favoured candidate for the Lord Protectorship – the pinnacle of political achievement.

Lionel is soon moving in the same circles as the most powerful, wealthy and intellectual men in the world. Yet this Romantic paradise of virtue and conversation is under threat when a plague begins to decimate the world’s population, and Lionel is helpless to protect all that he has come to treasure of life’s riches. Continue reading The Last Man by Mary Shelley: Bleakly Imaginative Dystopian

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: Searingly Plausible Dystopian

Rating: 5 stars

Category: Literary fiction, Dystopian

Synopsis: Lydia is one of the most feared Aunts in Gilead – but she’s about to go rogue with a secret manuscript.

Agnes and Daisy are both navigating the trials of coming-of-age – but with one raised inside and one outside Gilead, they might as well come from different planets.

These three unlikely women will be brought together to unite against the powerful Gileadean theocracy – challenging every single one of their assumptions about reality in the process. Continue reading The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: Searingly Plausible Dystopian

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Book vs. TV Series!

Anyone who has spent much time on this blog will know that I have a slight obsession with Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Fully aware of this enthusiasm, my parents bought me the Season 1 box set of the T.V. series as a present for finishing my exams.

So, putting any literary superiority complexes aside, here is a comparison to help you decide between the book and T.V. series… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: Book vs. TV Series!

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Archive Nostalgia: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Book Review

I’m bringing back my book review of The Handmaid’s Tale for any dystopian lovers looking for a gripping, disturbing and powerful read this summer.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. One of the few remaining fertile women after radiation poisoning, she is ‘gifted’ to one of the high-ranking Commanders of the regime. Subject to an uber-controlling, militarised rule, she fights to survive without forsaking her free will and capacity for passion – in a world where love has become surplus to function. Continue reading Archive Nostalgia: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Book Review

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Book Cover

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. One of the few remaining fertile women after radiation poisoning, she is ‘gifted’ to one of the high-ranking Commanders of the regime. Subject to an uber-controlling, militarised rule, she fights to survive without forsaking her free will and capacity for passion – in a world where love has become surplus to function. Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood