The Testaments - Margaret Atwood

The Testaments

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 528 Ratings




BOOK OF THE YEAR: Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Stylist, Sunday Times, Financial Times, Guardian, The Times, Observer, Red

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. Now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

‘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


  • Unputdownable!

    By Someone123!
    I’m sure Margaret Atwood would not appreciate fictitious words to describe her latest novel, but it works for me! Can’t recall the last time I read a book in a week but the plot, structure and her wonderful writing style kept me hooked. I read The Handmaids Tale at school almost twenty years ago, have thoroughly enjoyed the TV series and this hasn’t disappointed. Occasionally a bit difficult to identify whose perspective each chapter is written from, but that aside it’s a great book, with some superb character development and an even more detailed portrayal of Gilead. Definitely worth while, even if it creeps me out that this could one day be a reality or to some extent already is in certain parts of the world!
  • Fab sequel

    By Exe wolf
    Excellent sequel to the Handmaid’s Tale. Loved it!
  • Excellent read

    By Denisey?
    What a page turner! I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone who has followed The Handmaids Tale. It explains a lot of unanswered questions with a riveting end. Best book I’ve read for ages.
  • The Testaments

    By Vacant life fan
    Praise be to Margaret Atwood. A brilliant and long awaited sequel which I could not put down. A stark reminder of what could happen in the USA and other countries if we are not careful... Who new the “wall” would have added poignancy in the current climate!
  • Loved it

    By flatjam
    Excellent follow up-answers the questions I’ve long asked!