After our excursion into military fiction last month, we chose something a little different this time around. I have been trying to get the group to read Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale for quite some time now and I finally convinced them to give it a go. I am not normally susceptible to cover art, but River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay caught my eye when it was first published and I hope that it lives up to our expectations.
Both books are now on the Nooks.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...
River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
Lin Shan is the beloved only child of a scholar, educated by him in ways young women never are, , she finds herself living a life suspended between two worlds. Her intelligence captivates an emperor—and alienates women at the court. But when her father’s life is endangered by the savage politics of the day, Shan must act in ways no woman ever has.
Ren Daiyan was still just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate of Kitai. That moment on a lonely road changed his life, sending him into the forests of Kitai among the outlaws. From there he emerges years later circling towards the court and emperor, while war approaches Kitai from the north.