Lead character who may or may not be lying? Check.
Lots of characters going by fake names or no names at all? Check.
Uncomfortable subject matter? Check.
Absence of quotation marks during dialogue? Check.
Ambiguous ending? Check.
Compulsive readability? Oh yeah, that too.
While The Handmaid's Tale isn't James Joyce's Ulysses, it's still a pretty complicated book. It's going to be tough for anyone squeamish about infertility or tricky narrative structures, and it asks readers to commit to a world all the more frightening because it resembles our own. It's a gnarly ride, but we think it's worth it.