Margaret Atwood's brilliant dystopian novel "Oryx and Crake" depicts a society destroyed by genetic engineering and bioterrorism in a tale readers will not soon forget. Read our editorial book review of "Oryx and Crake".
“Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.”
Margaret Atwood’s classic novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a story that is uncomfortable and difficult to deal with. Set in a dystopian America, the government has been overthrown by religiously conservative extremists, the constitution is gone, and women have had their rights stripped from them. They are sorted into occupations that reverted back into traditional female roles, from being housewives and cooks and maids.