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BUDDY READ: Dystopian/Sci-Fi > The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale #2) by Margaret Atwood - Starting September 11th 2019

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Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 84101 comments Mod
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

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 fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

"Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." —Margaret Atwood



Meaghan (ectophine) | 3629 comments Just started this! I was worried I had forgotten too much but I fell back into the world very quickly!

Also I looove that the audiobook is full cast, it gives the three narrators so much more dimension!


Karen Barber | 10602 comments I’ve been caught up in trying to finish other stuff, so have only done the first couple of chapters. It is certainly easy enough to slot back into the world, though I fear it’ll be scarier now as so much is looking more likely.


Karen Barber | 10602 comments Up to ch6. The young narrator seems quite accepting of the Handmaids, which is definitely concerning.


Karen Barber | 10602 comments Up to ch11. (view spoiler)


Karen Barber | 10602 comments Up to ch19. (view spoiler)


Karen Barber | 10602 comments Up to ch34. Much as I want to race through this, I feel the need to savour it. Slowly getting to recognise the three voices now. Such a cruel regime, but there are signs of people fighting it from within. When such power is given over, though, how easy is it to fight?


Meaghan (ectophine) | 3629 comments Karen wrote: "Up to ch6. The young narrator seems quite accepting of the Handmaids, which is definitely concerning."

If I've got the narrator right, this makes sense? I mean, she's raised into a society where it's normal, so it makes sense she's accepting of it


Meaghan (ectophine) | 3629 comments Karen wrote: "Up to ch11. [spoilers removed]"

Yea I agree, especially in the beginning. Aunt Lydia was always easy to distinguish but the others always took a bit longer, especially when I didn't have a clear picture of them all yet. It got easier the further you got along though!


Meaghan (ectophine) | 3629 comments Karen wrote: "Up to ch19. [spoilers removed]"

(view spoiler)


Meaghan (ectophine) | 3629 comments Karen wrote: "Up to ch34. Much as I want to race through this, I feel the need to savour it. Slowly getting to recognise the three voices now. Such a cruel regime, but there are signs of people fighting it from ..."

I feel you there! I finished it in like, two days?, and kinda wish I had taken a bit longer to read it, since chances are we're not gonna get another book in this universe!


Karen Barber | 10602 comments Up to ch46. (view spoiler)


Karen Barber | 10602 comments Up to ch53. Fascinated by how powerful (though not openly shown) the Aunts are. Such a corrupt regime. Can’t imagine we’ll be shown Lydia’s full plans.


Karen Barber | 10602 comments Finished. Review on home page. Enjoyed it, though it didn’t really offer anything new. Definitely interesting to see Aunt Lydia from a different perspective.


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