The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – Our Review
The wait is over! The much anticipated sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has finally been published! Margaret Atwood seeks to answer the many questions about Gilead that have plagued readers ever since The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985.
Hauntingly, The Handmaid’s Tale ended with the van door slammed closed on Offred’s future, leaving no way of knowing whether she found freedom, imprisonment or death.
‘The Testaments’ picks up fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, and is a captivating sequel. Strikingly narrated by three Gilead women, The Testaments reads like a thriller and is an entirely enthralling adventure.
While the Republic of Gilead has held unprecedented power for many years, the cracks of the regime are starting to show through the voices of these three women. Two have grown up within the community constraints and are the first generation Gilead’s to come of age, while one woman is an outsider.
Together these three lives become intertwined as the women begin to discover who they really are and how far they will go, to fight for their beliefs.
With such hype around this book , expectations are high! I found myself mentally preparing to be disappointed… but I absolutely loved The Testaments. I loved Atwood’s style of writing and could not put it down, to be honest I think it’s even better than The Handmaid’s Tale!
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books
‘The literary event of the year.’ Guardian
‘A savage and beautiful novel, and it speaks to us today, all around the world, with particular conviction and power… The bar is set particularly high for Atwood and she soars over it’ Peter Florence, Booker Prize Chair of Judges, Guardian