The Testaments



The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia.  Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.
With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

The Testaments - Margaret Atwood Summary

The Testaments is a 2019 novel by Margaret Atwood. It is a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale (1985). The novel is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale. It is narrated by Aunt Lydia, a character from the previous novel; Agnes, a young woman living in Gilead; and Daisy, a young woman living in Canada.The Testaments was joint winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize, alongside Bernardine Evaristo's novel Girl, Woman, Other...

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More please5 star

This is an excellent book which helps flesh out some of the more visible parts of Gileadan society from the original book and in the also excellent TV series. But there is so much more to Gilead and its universe that could be examined and used as a mirror or warning to our world. Imagine books describing the lives of the Econofamilies, the events that led to the Colonies and their subsequent cleanup efforts, the foreign relations and trade of Gilead with its neighbors, or the geopolitcs of the world that Gilead exists in and appears to be at war with. This book really just whetted my appetite for more books from the original author and I really hope that she continues this chilling examination of a deeply flawed but entirely believable fictional theocracy. 55


Great Book5 star

Really enjoyed reading this answered some questions left hanging from previous book. Altho wish there had been more information on “the baby daddies”. 55

Tammy Corley

Excellent read5 star

Loved it! 55


An unnecessary sequel3 star

Very disappointing. Reads like a YA novel and has nothing more to say about this dystopian society. A totally unnecessary sequel to a great book. 35


Riveting5 star

I delayed reading this thinking it would be a disappointing follow-up to The Handmaiden’s Tale. Was I wrong! I couldn’t put it down and am thrilled to find out the real ending to the former book. 55


I loved the book and hope it stays fiction5 star

I loved the book and read it non stop. While I hope this book is simply a good story, a cultural warning, and not a forecast of our future in the USA. Tonight I’ll pray that our country will not submit itself to the whims of radicalized evangelicals lurking in government and who hope for this horrible world simply to get their way. They are a horror story in America. I’ll pray for our democracy survives this period that treats all its people with respect and a deeper commitment to our constitution and institutions to prevent this type of thing from ever leaping from these pages to a cold dead end of unvarnished greed, pogroms and persecution from evangelicals and their cults to harm innocent Americans. 55


Lightning Strikes Twice5 star

Margaret Atwood has written an evocative, worthy sequel to the original “Handmaids Tale” that brings the story of Gilead to a satisfying end and serves as a poignant reminder that fiction can become fact if society isn’t vigilant of what can happen under our own noses. The character development is superb and answers many questions simmering in the minds of “Handmaid” readers about the rise of both Gilead and certain enigmatic players on the stage Atwood so brilliantly sets. Enjoy and savor the fruits of her literary labours! 55


Wonderful read!5 star

I enjoyed this more than the first book, The Handmaid’s Tale. 55


Exceptional Storytelling5 star

I used to hate reading. In some ways I still do, whether it be text books, articles, etc. I was amazed at how captivating this book was, both from watching the Hulu series and from what I have originally heard about The Handmaids Tale. I read this book in less than one day. I have never truly read a book that fast before in my life. I’m so grateful to the author for continuing this brave story of the survivors of Gilead. 55


Counted days til the release and WASNT DISAPPOINTED!! This book shows UP!5 star

Book 2 from Margaret Atwood’s captivating book The Handmaid Tale. There’s not a writer alive who matches her ability to write outrageously absurd situations yet makes them ENTIRELY believable. So believable you envision your reality quickly turning to the chaotic destructive hell on Earth she graphically and masterfully depicts in these novels. PLEASE PLEASE WRITE #3. I just didn’t and don’t want this story, the characters or the Gilead reign and aftermath to END! 55

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