There are several popular young adult novels that capture the perils of the dystopian society. The more mature reader will appreciate the same genre in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Set in the not distant future, Offred is valued for her potential to produce a child in a diminishing population. Note the interesting name: Offred = Of Fred, and it is the pattern used to rename women who are identified as handmaids. Get ready for parallels with George Orwell's Animal Farmbecause in Handmaid's Tale, some generals are more equal than the people they serve.