The Testaments

The Testaments

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 Atwo In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized read...

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Title:The Testaments
Author:Margaret Atwood
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Testaments
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:422 pages pages

The Testaments Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Sep 13, 2019
    I've had less than good experiences in my last few Atwood reads - first I spent money on the novella series that was then removed from my Kindle with no renumeration. Then I held off and finally read The Heart Goes Last and ended up sorely disappointed in it. You can read my 2-star rev...
  • Sara
    Nov 28, 2018
    3.5 stars. It pains me to write this, because I love The Handmaid's Tale, but this book just felt incredibly unnecessary. The plot is predictable, with ?revelations? that are glaringly obvious, and characters that just don?t have the same level of depth of emotion that Offred...
  • Cecily
    Oct 07, 2019
    Why? Why did Atwood write this more than thirty years after The Handmaid?s Tale (see my review HERE), when she?d already written sequels to that for the TV series? Because ?we started moving towards Gilead instead of away from it ? particularly in the United States? and m...
  • Maxwell
    Sep 21, 2019
    [3.5 stars] So I'm finally getting around to reviewing this. I finished it about 2 weeks ago, and didn't really mean to wait that long to write a proper review of it?but I'm glad I did. As I've sat with this book after finishing it, I think my initial feelings have faded a tiny bit. ...
  • Ron Charles
    Sep 03, 2019
    ?The Testaments? opens in Gilead about 15 years after ?The Handmaid?s Tale,? but it?s an entirely different novel in form and tone. Inevitably, the details are less shocking ? at least in part because the horrors of Gilead?s male-centered theocracy are already so well k...
  • Tatiana
    Nov 28, 2018
    I guess I'll have to be the one who says what nobody else is willing to say. This novel is terrible, and Booker judges are starstruck, hype-driven sellouts. I can't decide which work Atwood should be embarrassed for more - Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 or The Testaments. The book doesn't read ...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Sep 03, 2019
    Here I also keep another set of files, accessible only to a very few; I think of them as the secret histories of Gilead. All that festers is not gold, but it can be made profitable in non-monetary ways: knowledge is power. Aunt Lydia It was an ?extraordinarily complicated process...
  • Jenna
    Oct 26, 2019
    "You could believe you were living virtuously and also murder people if you were a fanatic." I have a confession to make: I did not particularly care for The Handmaid's Tale when I read it several years ago. I know, shocking, right? Most of you, my friends, gave it 5 sta...
  • Richard Derus
    Sep 11, 2019
    UPDATE OCTOBER 2019 The Coode Street Podcast goes into the SFnal roots of this title. My hold came in today!! The librarians saw my name on the holds list and our library bought one, instead of relying on the system's many multiple copies. That way I got my hold immediately instead ...
  • Emily May
    Nov 28, 2018
    I can sum it up simply: this book is not needed. I hoped that wouldn't be the case. I really really hoped Atwood had something important to add to the world of Gilead with this book, but she honestly doesn't. If anything, The Testaments serves only to weaken the power of The Handma...
  • Ariel
    Oct 23, 2019
    I liked this one more than A Handmaid's Tale! Call me crazy! But I loved that there was this exciting plot that was pushing the momentum forwards and that we were learning more about Gilead and the world outside and the way it came to be. I read this DIRECTLY after A Handmaid's Tale, l...
  • Marchpane
    Sep 10, 2019
    JOINT WINNER OF THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE Return to Gilead Check your expectations at the door: The Testaments is a highly entertaining page turner, but it is also probably quite different from whatever you were anticipating. It differs from its 1985 antecedent, The Handmaid's Tal...
  • Diane Barnes
    Sep 16, 2019
    When it comes to highly anticipated books, assuming it's one I actually want to read, I like to get hold of a copy early on and read it before the hype gets started. In this case, I re-read Handmaid's Tale a few months ago to get a fresh take, then put a hold on this one at the library...
  • sue
    Sep 19, 2019
    Well, it?s written by Margaret Atwood who pens a very good read in all her books, so I added another *. Or it would have been 2.75* The book itself in MHO is that it should have been left as it was. So why did I buy it? Because I was hoping it lead on from the previous book The ...
  • Felicia
    Sep 14, 2019
    This was my most anticipated book for 2019. Wait... I should amend that statement... THIS WAS THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF MY MISERABLE FRIGGIN LIFE! And much like my life, it was an epic disappointment. The Handmaid's Tale is on my Top 10 shelf. It is, in my opinion, the g...
  • Charlotte May
    Nov 28, 2018
    Holy shit is this real? Because I need it! ...
  • Justin Tate
    Sep 18, 2019
    It's not easy being the most anticipated book of the year. I would argue that most of the negative reactions - including my own - are based largely on expectations. Since published in 1985, The Handmaid's Tale has become sacred ground in the literary world; a true modern classic furthe...
  • Alice Lippart
    Sep 19, 2019
    Really, really loved getting to revisit this world and the people in it. ...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Nov 28, 2018
    So I just found out about this, Margaret Atwood revealed it via twitter yesterday. I even had to create the book data myself on goodreads so I could write this update. I really did not see this coming. (did anyone?) I'm excited and surprised. The Handmaid's Tale felt like such a cl...
  • Meredith
    Oct 04, 2019
    ?One mysterious box, when opened, so often conceals another.? In relation to The Handmaid?s Tale Hulu series, I found The Testaments entertaining. As a follow up to the novel, I found it lacking. I am holding off on a complete review until I have finished rereading ...
  • Hugh
    Sep 02, 2019
    Joint Winner of the Booker Prize 2019 I can't help but be a little disappointed with this book. In my view The Handmaid's Tale didn't need a sequel, but I suppose we can't begrudge Atwood the opportunity to cash in on the popularity of the TV version. In my view this book is not wor...
  • Lisa
    Nov 28, 2018
    "How tedious is a tyranny in the throes of enactment. It's always the same plot." So why does Margaret Atwood choose to tell the story again? That question has haunted me since I heard the announcement of the project almost a year ago. WHY? I was convinced I would hate the hype and...
  • Nick
    Aug 16, 2019
    this is the most unexpected thing of 2019 so far ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Sep 10, 2019
    Joint Winner of the 2019 Booker Prize - which I captured in this photo. You?ll labour over this manuscript of mine, reading and rereading, picking nits as you go. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the live cinema screenings of the readings and author Q&A from th...
  • Ken
    Sep 15, 2019
    Whilst I wasn?t clambering for a follow up, the fact that I brought this sequel straightaway does highlight how keen I was to return to Gilead. I tried to keep my expectations in check and accepted that this novel was written mainly due to the success of the Hulu series. Seeing a...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Sep 17, 2019
    Only two stars for the love of Aunt Lydia! If she wasn?t in this book, I could do something first by giving minus five stars to a book! See how I disliked and how I felt frustrated about this hope stealing, time wasting, one of the biggest failures of the year!!!! One of the tasteles...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Sep 13, 2019
    I haven't even finished season 2 of the tv show since it was so emotionally draining but here I am reading this!! ...
  • Meike
    Sep 03, 2019
    Winner of the Booker Prize 2019 (together with Girl, Woman, Other) This is a flashy, placative, but also intelligent thriller, here to make some points about society and to entertain - it's certainly not the most layered or subtle literature ever written, but you know what? It's engag...
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    Sep 17, 2019
    ?Once a story you?ve regarded as true has turned false, you begin suspecting all stories.? As a big fan of The handmaid's Tale, I was extremely excited when I heard of this sequel coming up, and I must say it was my most anticipated book of 2019. I pre-ordered it as soon ...
  • Collin
    Sep 14, 2019
    At the opening of The Testaments, a statue is unveiled. This is a statue of the infamous, puppet-master, Aunt Lydia. Readers of The Handmaid?s Tale will know her well. The Testaments is narrated by three narrators, but Aunt Lydia is the dominant of the three. Through her secretiv...