Tired of America's dysfunctional political system? Tired of all the faux outrage, the partisan dissembling, and the complete and utter bullshit that surrounds this election cycle and the various candidates who have been competing to be the GOP standard bearer in order to run against the president? Do you know what you need? You need to read a book about a dystopian future America to take your mind off of our dystopian present. This is a great read. It's done far better than most books of this genre. And there's enough recognition of our current world to make this possible future seem mildly plausible, even if it couldn't unfold in the manner in which it's portrayed in this book. There's no politics, per se, in the book, even though you get a very real sense that money has won out in whatever political process is working in Atwood's not too distant future America. (Atwood is Canadian by the way). Global warming is obviously taking place in the book, but it's not even the topic of the book and it seems as if GW is casually accepted as a fact without any assignment of blame. This book is much more about science, and morals, and sketching an outline of society as a whole. It's well worth the time it takes to read. 374 pages. It was published in 2003. Atwood is the recipient of both the Booker and Giller Prize.