Book Review-The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale-Margaret Atwood | Miki's Hope

Book Review-The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale-Margaret Atwood

Monday, September 16, 2019

I read the first book in this series, The Handmaid's Tale, many years ago--when it was first published--it made me think back then--then the movie came out-and I watched that. By then I was getting kind of nervous because some of what was in that book was beginning to happen, right here in the United States of America. I was left with a couple of questions in my mind which the 2nd book-The Testaments-answered. Of course now, what happened in Gilead, is in many ways happening right now.

How were people able to live in that totalitarian state of Giliad. Why did the women put up with what the "rich men in power" did to them. Would the women somehow find a way to rebel and overthrow that regime? All these questions and more are answered in the Testaments. The story of three totally different women--told by them.

If you read The Handmaid's Tale or saw that movie--or even if you didn't (and I suggest you do) then you will want to read this book. It is fiction but hopefully it will open your eyes to what may be happening right now!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)


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.

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in over forty countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, now a successful MGM-Hulu television series now in its third season, her novels include Cat's Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize; The Penelopiad; The Heart Goes Last; Hag-seed; and The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, forthcoming on Sept. 10, 2019. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

She is spry for her age.

Author's Website

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Lori Thomas said...

Read the first book, looking forward to reading this one

Lauryn R said...

I haven't read the first but now I want to. I am going to check it out right now. Thank you so much for your review.

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