After a few weeks away, I'm finally finding a spare moment to finish writing about "Before We Were Yours". After finishing the entire book, the main conclusion was that while the story was absolutely amazing it felt like I had just finished reading two totally separate books by two separate authors. Wingate chose to tell the story through three separate characters, swapping narrators with each chapter to advance the story a bit at a time.
The book is written in a multiple person format, which did take some getting used to at first, particularly as the switch between characters could be jarring at times between chapters. Interestingly enough, the story as told by Avery Stafford is stylistically written very differently than the story as told by Rill Foss and May Crandall . It's almost like reading two different books. So far, I have preferred the voice and narration of Rill and May. These characters feel very real and very grounded to me, like the author based them on someone she knew well. The story swells and builds around Rill and May, until your heart clenches and you're holding your breath with each page turn.
The Handmaid's Tale is big in my circle right now, with some reading the book and some watching the Hulu series. The common consensus: alarming, relevant, shocking. With the popularity of dystopian tales in recent cinema, it's surprising The Handmaid's Tale hadn't popped up before now. It's the perfect blend of religious fanaticism and government gone bad to control man-made environmental and population crisis. Think Divergent meets 1984 meets The Third Reich and you've got The Handmaid's Tale.