I'm watching 'the Handmaid's Tale' right now and have just completed season 4. Couldn't Atwood have just as easily made Gilead a society founded by a cult? The assault on Christianity is obvious, as is Atwood's disdain for any religion against whose standards she is judged a misfit - which she is. Dystopian as Gilead is, one can't think of a greater human dystopia than extinction and extinction is what the US was facing while trollops twerked. In light of careless extinction, an orderly society with Aunt Lydia at every turn might not be the worst of all possible worlds.
Anyone who knows Toronto would laugh at it being a promised land. The only thing true about the depiction of Toronto is that conniving hordes from nasty and miserable places move there and very quickly put on airs, become hedonistic, and think they're better than they really are.
Whenever I see that show/book mentioned, I always think about a tweet I saw years ago that went:
“I don’t know what the Handmaid’s Tale is, but if women find it deep and profound, then it must be completely stupid”