The Testaments

A Novel (The Handmaid's Tale #2)

432 pages

English language

Published Sept. 9, 2019 by Penguin Random House.


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4 stars (6 reviews)

15 years after the sons of Jacob seized power in the USA and became Gilead. The story is told from three female viewpoints; Daisy, Agnes and Lydia. Daisy struggles with coming to the realization of her past and who she really is, Agnes tells her story and life in Gilead, and Lydia contemplates her life and decisions made.

When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her--freedom, prison or death.

With The Testaments, the wait is over.

Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

"Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about …

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YA dystopia that expands on a classic needlessly

2 stars

This book was not written for me, but instead for a younger (and perhaps more feminine) reader. The Testaments is quite a departure from Handmaid's Tale; more like The Hunger Games, really. On top of that, it's not very good or interesting. What it adds to or expands upon the first book seems needless, generic. The plot and characters land with a the thud of fan-baiting and needless lore. I feel like all the characters are here because of the profits to be had in the "Handmaid's" franchise: a Zoomer character because that's one centroid of the YA audience, who quips artlessly at the Gilead dystopia; the child from the first book because ambiguity and implication are too difficult for internet fandom to tolerate; and a Boomer character allowed to have far more of a in creating a dehumanizing nightmare of a society—while also ACTUALLY also be working to take …

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3 stars

This was a mediocre book. The writing was okay. Did it contribute anything more to the saga of Gilead? Not really. Did I learn anything worthwhile about Gilead’s inner workings? Nope. It really bothered me that Baby Nicole and Agnes were included—I was hoping for a total separation of the TV show and the book. If I’m going to be completely honest, it feels like an attempt to cash in on the money pot of the show, resulting in a half-hearted, lazy end to the story. I am, to say the least, disappointed ☹️

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  • Fiction, dystopian
  • Fiction, fantasy, general
  • Canadian fiction (fictional works by one author)