Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel

Title: The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel
Author: Renée Nault, Margaret Atwood
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fiction
Publisher: McClelland and Stewart
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Everything Handmaids wear is red: the colour of blood, which defines us.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.

Provocative, startling, prophetic, The Handmaid’s Tale has long been a global phenomenon. With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renee Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.


It has been years since I originally read The Handmaid’s Tale, so I read this graphic novel as a refresher before I read the sequel The Testaments. This graphic novel is a great way to read the story.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s a dystopian, but it seems a little too close to a possible future. It was relatable when Margaret Atwood wrote it, and it still is today. It’s an unfortunate aspect of the book, but it shows how cyclical history can be.

The illustrations were amazing in this book. It was mostly in black and white with lots of red. There were a few other colours when certain characters appeared, such as the wives in blue, which highlighted the distinction between the different types of women. The story was condensed to Offred’s main plot, but it gave a full picture of what was happening.

I highly recommend this graphic novel!

What to read next:

The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2) by Margaret Atwood

Have you read The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel? What did you think of it?

3 thoughts on “Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel”

  1. Great review! I also read the graphic novel as a refresher before The Testaments. I thought it was excellent! I love how the colors in the graphic novel show so much about the world here.

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