The Testaments

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Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.


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 voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.
 
As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she 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. A sequel to her The Handmaid's Tale (1985), the novel takes place 15 years after Offred's final scene in the original novel, and is narrated by three female characters: Aunt Lydia, a key character in The Handmaid's Tale; Agnes, a young woman living in Gilead; and Daisy, a young woman in Canada who is horrified by Gilead's abuses of human rights.The younger women are Offred's two daughters; Agnes, who was adopted by a Gileadan family after being captured and taken from Offred, is being prepared for her assigned role as the future wife of a commander, while Daisy, who was smuggled out of Gilead, was placed for adoption with a couple who owned a used clothing store in the Queen Street West neighbourhood of Toronto, and was raised without knowledge of either the truth of her origins or the existence of her sister...


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The Testaments - Margaret Atwood Book Reviews (467)

LiteratePen

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

KimlovesAandHsofrakkinmuch

Wonderful read!5 star

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

JackLCII

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

kaykaybean13

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

Unpridictable pet

Good5 star

My Grandma is a very wonderful and determined woman. IDK how she does it how she has completed so many books; She has a wonderful gift. Love you Grandma... 55

Katie Hughes1

Finally5 star

Gilead brings about endless questions for me. It is so interesting, yet disturbing, but also mesmerizing. I think an entire collection could be written on its uprising, inner workings, biographies, downfall, etc. and I would read them all. Aunt Lydia is a brilliant character in The Testaments. I cannot say that I saw it coming either. However, it is disappointing to read so very little about June & Luke. Nothing of Moira, Emily, Janine, or The Waterford’s. I could never get enough of the beloved Gilead story, regardless, this book is still a masterpiece. 55

Caffeinated24x7

A beautiful catharsis to The Handmaid’s Tale5 star

A wonderful conclusion to The Handmaid’s Tale. Once I started to read, I could not put it down. Set nine years ahead of Season Three of the show on Hulu, it answered so many questions I had. An in-depth look from a child growing up in Gilead until it’s fall from the totalitarianism regime satisfied my desire for catharsis. Thank you Margaret Atwood! A beautiful, brilliant and emotionally moving read. 55

Bkdyal

Wow5 star

Couldn’t wait to read it, then couldn’t put it down once I started. Fantastic story! 55

Bigboom193

Cnt4 star

Goodrichtmy 45

Schiltron

Speechless5 star

I have spent the day devouring this book. It was worth every minute! Thank you Margaret Atwood for another brilliant book. 55


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