In the ruins of the United States, the “Sons of Jacob” revolution starts with a staged terrorist attack that kills the President and most of Congress. The new government suspends the constitution, takes away all women’s rights, and builds a new militaristic and oppressive society.
The Handmaid’s Tale follows a woman named Offred, literally “Of-Fred,” and her life as a handmaid. Handmaids are women who are kept in the society only as reproductive vessels. It’s a great book and has really good religious and social commentary.