I bought this book ages ago, on the recommendation of a friend (I don’t remember who), but I only just got around to reading it. Its a hard book to read in places — its not hopeful, or particularly fun, and its confronting in places — especially the plot that revolves around child exploitation. There’s very little to like about the future society that Atwood posits here, but perhaps that’s the point.
Despite not being a happy fun story, the book made me think about things like genetic engineering in a way I didn’t before and I think that’s what Atwood was seeking to achieve. So I’d have to describe the book as a success.
A novel of the future explores a world that has been devastated by ecological and scientific disasters.