The Testaments

The Testaments

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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. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
Publisher: London :, Chatto & Windus,, 2019.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 419 pages ;,25 cm.
Notes: Sequel to: The handmaid's tale.


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Arguably the most hotly anticipated book release of the year, I ended up pre-ordering a copy. The much-awaited sequel of The Handmaid's Tale won't make it onto everyone's best reads list, as opinions were polarised, but I really enjoyed this. The writing is faster-paced and more accessible that t... Read More »

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Donna_R Nov 20, 2019

I read The Testaments in one day, which is testament to how monumentally gripping it is. I laughed at the bit where someone in Gilead called leggings an abomination. But mostly it is bleak, serious, potent stuff and all 3 main characters are intriguing. It's up there with Handmaid's Tale thankful... Read More »

Donna_R Nov 03, 2019

I read The Testaments in one day, which is testament to how monumentally gripping it is. I laughed at the bit where someone in Gilead called leggings an abomination. But mostly it is bleak, serious, potent stuff and all 3 main characters are intriguing. It's up there with Handmaid's Tale thankful... Read More »

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Mar 28, 2021

Written in 2019, the long overdue sequel to *The Handmaid's Tale* sadly reads like one of those bland and boring teenage feminist young adult dystopia novels. The writing isn't terrible; however, the elder Atwood, now into her eighties, painfully struggles to capture a modern teenage girl's point of view. Where *The Handmaid's Tale* is skillful and subtle, *The Testaments* is blunt and derivative. Is this a bad book? Not at all! Still, it doesn't read like a worthy successor to the excellent *The Handmaid's Tale.*

JCLAmyF Mar 23, 2021

This book did not disappoint in being a sequel to one of my favorite books, The Handmaid's Tale. I can't wait for the next season of the show!

Mar 06, 2021

This book was such a disappointment. It was written to be made into a movie, it seems to me. There is little to none of the depth and subtlety found in The Handmaid’s tale, its predecessor. This is a shallow, plot driven novel. Even the characters, that were so finely and tensely wrought in The Handmaid’s Tale, are dime-store-novella predictable and shallow. Very disappointing. But I am sure it will be a big success as a movie.

Dec 30, 2020

The Testaments did not have the same power as the Handmaid’s Tale but it was still worth the read. A nice conclusion to the series.

Dec 20, 2020

I’m glad I read THE TESTAMENTS, author Margaret Atwood’s sequel to her dystopian classic, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, and the first half kept my attention. Atwood does a good job developing the 3 main characters and transitioning between their storylines. But ultimately, this book doesn't have the staying powering for me as the original novel or the tv series.

Oct 30, 2020

Being the most awaited book of the year, it's not easy. I can say that most-including my own-negative reactions are primarily based on expectations. The Handmaid's Tale has been a holy ground in the literary world since its publication in 1985, a true modern classic further intensified by the popular show and current political tensions. There couldn't be greater stakes for a sequel, and even for the ever-talented Margaret Atwood, that's a tough performance to deliver. All in all, this is a well-written tale of adventure that extends the creation of the world implied and alluded to by the original. But it's dull as well, mostly unsurprising, and basically feels like a chance to cash in. I despised all the young characters; more specifically. Some 67 percent of the book is narrated by young people. A Middle Grade narrative voice that is jarring and undesired is generated by their lack of maturity. Not inherently unrealistic, just distracting. For pages and pages, their kiddish thoughts go on … Final rating:2/5 @Barcelonafan1 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 03, 2020

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Aug 10, 2020

Very well organized; well (but not very well) written; often juvenile; and not particularly imaginative; nearly popular detective thriller.

Jul 31, 2020

An interesting way to close and tie up most of the loose ends of the original story. By explaining that some records were destroyed or lost, all things cannot be answered but enough is revealed that the reader feels there was a fairly complete story. Something like this can happen when not enough people stand up to protect individual rights by a small group.

Jul 27, 2020

This novel is a wonderful follow up of The Handmaid's Tale. The story is very involved, moving, and well written.

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Dec 20, 2020

“As they say, history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” - p.407

Dec 20, 2020

“Once a story you’ve regarded as true has turned false, you begin suspecting all stories.” - p.307

Dec 20, 2020

“You don’t believe the sky is falling until a chunk of it falls on you.” - p. 66

Apr 09, 2020

"Astonishing," I exclaimed. "Not for nothing do we at Ardua Hall say 'Pen Is Envy.'"

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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