The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

Trigger warning for child molestation, suicide, domestic abuse.

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.

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

My Thoughts:
So in my usual fashion, I picked this up before I read The Handmaid’s Tale, and then it took me ages to read this one after I finished The Handmaids Tale.

I really enjoyed this book, I really enjoyed hearing from 3 different women about Gilead.
Aunt Lydia is highly ranked in Gilead, Agnes is the only child of a high-ranking officer, and Daisy, who lives in Canada far from Gilead.

One of the details I really enjoyed was the language barrier between Daisy and Agnes. Obviously, there is a huge barrier because of how the civilians in Gilead speak because of the situations they are in, and they don’t know any different, it is interesting watching Daisy try to accumulate.

I also really enjoyed Aunt Lydia’s character, she was so cunning and I loved watching her make moves against the government.

What I found interesting was that there were no ‘good’ men in Gilead from the perspectives of Aunt Lydia and Agnes, but we know that there are at least some good men because of the events of The Handmaids Tale.

The most interesting thing I found about Aunt Lydia’s experiences is that it is so completely plausible and that is the scary thing about it. I think that’s what really creeped me out because it is a really terrifying thought if these events did happen.

There were bits that I really disliked and I feel like some things could have been left out, but I do understand why Atwood put those bits in there, to show how helpless women and girls feel in a world run by men.

I did overall enjoy the book though.

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