When I first started this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to think about it. A Handmaid’s tale follows the story of a woman in a future dystopian society that is reminiscent of Puritan society, but with harsher consequences and stranger methods taken to ensure compliance. Throughout the first half of the book, the book was mainly focused on establishing the setting and characters, because it is a very confusing setting at first. What i found both creepy and interesting was the flashbacks that the main character, Offred went through. The flashbacks to her previous life always started out happy, with references to things from the 1980s and 1990s, yet by the end of a flashback, it would always turn sad, and melancholy, as Offred reflected on how she now longer had the simple freedoms she took for granted. Another part that deeply disturbed me was how all the handmaids were forced to take the name of the commander they were serving, so Offred’s name is literally of Fred and that really shows how woman are treated in this society. Something that I found particularly interesting was the relationships between woman under this misogynist society. Offred and her walking partner, Ofglen, are both too scared to face the consequences of rebellion to even confide in each other, although they do test boundaries by going to visit the wall where traitors are executed and hung. Another interesting relationship is between the Wives and the Handmaids. Instead of being united under the demands of the patriarchy, the Wives oppress the Handmaids and both treat each other with disdain. Handmaids are reduced to their body and are hardly treated as human, instead, they are just vessels in order to produce healthy children. The constant dehumanization has a toll on Offred and the other Handmaids. The tone of the book is very quiet and hesitant, as if Offred is afraid to even think outside the strict regulation, although she does contemplate suicide as a way out many times. Overall, I very much enjoyed the first part of the book for the complex world building, slow pace of the story, and the interesting relationships between all the character.