I’ve read a few dystopian novels, mainly young adult ones (Hunger Games, Divergent etc) and while there was a sense the events they depict could happen, they seem a remote possibility The Handmaids Tale on the other hand seems entirely plausible. Atwood creates a truly unnerving tale of what could happen following some disaster, presumably war, combined with a rise in power of religious fantics, a world in which a government is easily overthrown and a constitution is suspended. Written nearly 30 years ago some elements may appear dated but it does not reduce the impact of the book. Its the kind of book which will leave you unable to read anything for days as your mind processes what you’ve read. If you have any interest in dystopian novels this is a must read classic, and even if you don’t normally enjoy dystopian novels I would throughly recommend it.