This was put on my to-read list, because it was on a Pinterest suggested book list that looked up my alley. They were right! I love post-apocalyptic tales and stories in which people rationalize harming other people. The writing is so artistic here: there are beautiful similes and enchanting descriptions that make the story come alive. The characters each have their own stories, but are so relatable that I couldn’t help but asking, “What would I do in that situation?” And often times their rationalizations fearfully made sense! I will say that as a Christian, this culture scared me as I definitely understood where they were taking their rationalizations from. However I want to emphasize for all that the culture described by Atwood is not what Jesus intended. Please remember that the Bible (the instruction manual for Christians and therefore this dystopian Christian culture) was written in ancient times and though useful for instruction, many of the finer details are lost in cultural translation. Because of this, we should apply not the exact “law”, but the principle behind the law. For example, women were instructed to not wear jewelry or braid their hair. That seems pointless in today’s culture, but in the ancient cultural context only prostitutes wore jewelry or braided their hair. So the principle, which is still perfectly applicable in today’s culture, would be to not look like a prostitute. It took a little getting used to not having any quotation marks or indicators if we were in the “present” or in a flash back. Overall, this book is like sinking your teeth into a slightly chilled watermelon on a sunny summer’s afternoon– just delightful!