Disclaimer: I read this solely because I wanted to watch the Hulu series.
I'm conflicted about The Handmaid's Tale... Was it interesting? Yes, very. Was it horrifying? Yes, extremely. Did I enjoy it? No, not really. Is it an important book? Yes.
A lot has been said about this book in the past year due to certain political events. The modern resurgence aside, this book presents an eerie look into the "what if?" of a theocratic government that completely reverses women's rights and strives to put women in their place - as a wife or as a womb or as a servant. Any woman not fitting within one of those roles is classified as an "unwoman" and sent into exile to die while cleaning nuclear waste.
I listened to the audiobook version of this narrated by Clare Danes - she was fantastic.