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Author: Margaret Atwood
Book Series: The Handmaid’s Tale Book 2
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
Recommended Age: 18+ (oh boy where do I begin? Suicide, attempted suicide, car bombings, terrorism, TW cutting, gore, violence, TW mentions of rape, TW actual rape/sexual assault, some romance, lots of death, and escaping to Canada is scary yo!)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Synopsis: 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 more than 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
Review:The Handmaid’s Tale is one of those books that I consider a must read. It brilliantly describes, with somewhat eery similarity, what could happen to women. Rights in any country are fragile and any upset could destroy them and that book served as a reminder of that. This book is like a slap to your face, a wake-up call if you want to call it. It further details the horrors women in this universe face, 3 women who are not Handmaids but are in a different status. The character development is amazing and well done. The world building is magnificent. The plot is intriguing and the story just sucks you in and refuses to let you go until you read it in full.
However, I do have to admit this book is a really hard book to read. It’s not because the author uses big words or complex thought patterns, but it’s the subject matter. It’s hard, as a woman, to realize that tomorrow I could wake up in a world like this. And it’s harder to imagine what I would do. While I believe I would be relatively okay, I worry about those who wouldn’t be.
Verdict: It’s a hard but important read.