author: Margaret Atwood, Renée Nault
series: The Handmaid's Tale #.5
published: 26 March 2019
publisher: Nan A. Talese
Everything Handmaids wear is red: the colour of blood, which defines us.
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.
Provocative, startling, prophetic, The Handmaid's Tale has long been a global phenomenon. With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood's modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renée Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.
I’ve read OG The Handmaid’s Tale a number of times, so you can read my review of that here. So I won’t talk about the plot here, simply the graphic novel aspects. I rarely read graphic novels but needed one for a reading challenge. I loved THT so much that I decided to choose this. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The imagery was beautiful, and they told the story well. There a couple of moments that jarred me, the imagery of specific characters. But that’s because I’ve developed a mental picture of those characters because I’ve watched the show on Hulu. A great addition to THT world.
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