It is set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian state resembling a theonomy, which has overthrown the United States government. The novel is set in the heart of Gilead.It follows the story of a handmaid who lives with the commander and his wife. Her name is Offred .She is fertile and is excepted to bear children for them.
Before Offred the handmaid hadLuke her husband and a doughter. Slowly she losses her job . She has been fired .When she is with the commander she remembers her daughter.She has to take vitamins so that she reains healty.
Mazagines were banned but the commander gives some to offred. Women are the property of men and subordinate to their husband, father, or head of household. They are not allowed to do anything that would grant them any power independent of this system. They are not allowed to vote, hold a job, read, possess money. The politics of the time are given.
The government of gilead does not believe in religion but power.The people donot go to church. Male sexuality is taken to extremes and there are scenes in relation to that.
I found the book a tale of terror as far as women are concered . But the tv serial is doing well