Offred has lost everything. Her family. Her job. Her very way of living. Now she’s a handmaid for one of the commanders in the republic of Gilead. Her only purpose is to give birth. Can she survive in a world where her worth is placed on her fertility?
This book is a great read if you’re looking for something dark that makes you think about the world around you. This book is centered on a handmaid named Offred because she is a handmaid she has very few rights. She spends much time alone and slowly we hear her story and how the whole republic of Gilead came to be.
4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Guy Montag is a fireman. He burns books for a living with help from a mechanical beast called The Hound. Then suddenly, when he meets a young girl who completely changes his world view he starts to question his job and himself.
This is a wonderful book that talks about the dangers of censorship and the idea of burning books and how it affects life. You will enjoy this book if you enjoy futuristic worlds and social commentary.
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
The animals of Manor farm have decided to rebel against Mr. Jones the farmer and his men. When the animals succeed they have hope full visions of the future. They even write their own laws and start to build. But how long can this peace last?
This is an amazing commentary on the fragility of democracy. It also talks about propaganda and how greedy people can get when given power.
2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
In this world there is no hunger or anguish. Everyone is happy. See from the eyes of our three narrators, Lenina, Bernard, and an outsider from this community, John, how the society works and if everyone is truly happy.
This book talks about happiness and morals. It talks about how science and medicine may advance and how it could both help and hurt our society. It also grapples with grief and tradition.
1. 1984 by George Orwell
Winston Smith lives in Airship One (formerly London), a subsection of the bigger country of Oceania that is in a never ending war… and all history is falsified. The Party is the government in Oceania and Big Brother is their figurehead. They monitor everyone’s lives to an extent beyond anything before. Winston wants to rebel and ignore the unspoken warnings and somehow help overthrow The Party. But how can he in this world where there is no past, and no word he speaks goes unheard by The Party?
If you like dystopian worlds and appreciate a believable love story you will enjoy this book. Winston is a man in an impossible situation who rises to the occasion as best he can. While the ending is not “they all lived happily ever after,” most people can identify with Winston and his plight even more so because of that.