The Testaments

The Testaments

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, McClelland & Stewart,, 2019.
ISBN: 9780771009433
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 12, 2020

This book was okay, I like the way Margaret Atwood writes. However, it was confusing to me. I had to keep going back in the book to understand what I was currently reading. Also, it didn't open my eyes in any way and honestly, I couldn't wait until it was over. Having read The Handmaid's Tale, I was hoping it would be a continuation of that story about Offred. She was mentioned briefly but it wasn't much.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 03, 2020

I have not read "The Handmaid's Tale," but understand from others that it was a close-up view of how the theocracy played out in people's lives; this sequel certainly portrays the horror of life in Gilead but the three separate story lines make it less claustrophobic. Each subplot is incredibly engaging and makes for a wonderful page-turner. Winner of the 2019 Booker Prize.

Feb 01, 2020

In Testaments, Atwood presumes to offer her fans a look into the fall of Gilead. As an idea, it was formulaic, unsurprising, and methodical. It doesn't mean it wasn't bad. It's still a decent story but one might expect more from the author. I believe the legacy of Handmaid's Tale would have been preserved had that story been it. The end was mystery that we could interpret and imagine however we wished to. Testaments eliminated that perfect mystery.

Jan 27, 2020

I was very impressed by the Handmaid"s Tale, however this felt like it fell short. While interesting and still a good book, it just does not compare to Margaret Atwood's others. It felt stereotypical, not the breathtaking originality that she is known for and I was able to guess most of the major plot points. Still well-written, but not on the same level as Handmaid's Tale or Alias Grace. I would absolutely still recommend giving it a read, because the subject matter and expansion of the original story is very interesting, but don't expect it to be life changing.

DCPL_Wesley Jan 25, 2020

A brilliant sequel to a wonderful and important book. Atwood expands the world she created in The Handmaid's Tale and introduces so many well-formed and interesting characters. She also deepens some of the ones from her first tome. This is a MUST read if you've read the original.

Jan 23, 2020

Really liked Testaments... read it in a weekend.
Especially pleased that Margaret tied it so well TO Handmaid’s Tale, because it’s been years since I’ve read it.
Was worried I’d have troubled connecting it but did not.

patcumming Jan 22, 2020

A very satisfying sequel to The Handmaids Tale. Suspenseful, great character development and Atwood's signature dry humour. Loved it.

Jan 21, 2020

Margaret Atwood's storytelling is as spellbinding as ever. This book is a hard-to-put-down, extremely satisfying conclusion/continuation to the story told in The Handmaid's Tale. Highly recommended.

Jan 21, 2020

I'm generally not an Atwood fan but I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit, and I don't think I ever read A Handmaid's Tale. The plot moved along well.

Tamurae Jan 12, 2020

The long-awaited sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”, this book takes place 15 years after the events of the first book. While this book is a thrilling page-turner, it lacks the beautifully written prose and political criticism that made the original book a modern-day classic. “The Testaments” is an action-driven, more hopeful, and by extension, a less realistic narrative. Nonetheless, fans of the books and tv adaptation will appreciate a deeper look into the Gilead mythos.

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Oct 02, 2019

"There were swings in one of the parks, but because of our skirts, which might be blown up by the wind and then looked into, we were not to think of taking such a liberty as a swing. Only boys could taste that freedom; only they could swoop and soar; only they could be airborne. I've never been on a swing. It remains one of my wishes." Part II - Chapter 3 - pg.16

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